Ladakh standoff: India, China establish hotline to resolve LAC differences

India?s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart had a phone call where they agreed to establish a hotline considering the importance of ?timely? communication which created a crisis on the border last year.

Ladakh standoff: India, China establish hotline to resolve LAC differences
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Ladakh: India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart had a phone call where they agreed to establish a hotline considering the importance of “timely” communication which created a crisis on the border last year.


The Ministry of External Affairs in a statement said that the two ministers during the call “agreed to remain in touch and establish a hotline.”


In a separate statement made by the Chinese Foreign Ministry claimed that the two sides have agreed to establish a hotline in order to set up communication and exchange timely opinions. 


The Indian Army’s Director General of military operations and China’s Western theatre command are included in the establishment of a hotline. The proposal for the military hotline has been delayed for years and now, finally has been accepted by both the sides in order to have timely communication.


During a 75 minute call, the two ministers discussed the situation along LAC in Eastern Ladakh and also issues related to overall India-China relations. 


“It was necessary to disengage at all friction points in order to contemplate de-escalation of forces in this sector. That alone will lead to the restoration of peace and tranquility and provide conditions for the progress of our bilateral relationship,” the MEA said. 


According to the Chinese statement, Wang called both sides to “improve the border control mechanism” and “advance the border negotiation process “ in order to dissolve the dispute of boundaries. 


“Both sides must cherish the current hard-won situation, jointly consolidate existing results, maintain the momentum of consultation, improve the border control mechanism and advance the border negotiation process,” he said.

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