India, China resume diplomatic talks over Ladakh disengagement

By Hindustan times

India and China have resumed diplomatic dialogue on Friday, December 18, after a gap of nearly 11 weeks to resolve the ongoing border standoff in the Ladakh sector.

Diplomats from both sides are holding a virtual meeting under the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on Border Affairs (WMCC) where they are likely to discuss disengagement of troops, thousands of whom have dug in on either side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in sub-zero conditions.

The last WMCC meeting was held on September 30 – the 19th overall since the mechanism was set up in 2012 — which had failed to take forward the negotiations focussed on troop disengagement. Confirming the Friday talks, diplomatic sources in Beijing said the focus of the negotiation will be on troop disengagement.

The latest round of WMCC talks will coincide with a virtual address to be delivered by Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, at an online event organised by the Mumbai-based Asia Society Indian Centre.

Wang is expected to talk on the ongoing crisis in Sino-India bilateral ties, triggered by the eight month-long military standoff.

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