Tech for FTCP Bureau, New Delhi.
Updated Thu, 20 Aug 2020 04:23 AM IST
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In view of the prevailing situation on the border, this dialogue is expected to lead the way. Officers of the Joint Secretary level of the Foreign Ministry of both the countries will negotiate through phone and video conferencing to take a decision on ending the deadlock.
This will be WMCC's fourth negotiation after Chinese incursions into Galvan Valley, Hot Spring, Pangong Tso and Depsang in eastern Ladakh. This platform of dialogue between the two countries sets the agenda for military and diplomatic level negotiations.
After this, the sixth round of talks with the corps commander will be decided. According to government sources, in response to China's dogma, India wants to use all the options of negotiation first. Let me tell you that Major General level talks on Depsang were also unsuccessful after the efforts of the Corps Commander level talks to end the deadlock in East Ladakh failed.
The talks were based on an agenda set between the Special Representative of the two countries, NSA Ajit Doval and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi. Last week, India's Ambassador to China, Vikram Misri, met India's top military and politics officials and presented India's favor.
According to sources, however, the Chinese authorities there too blamed India for the current situation. But agreed to negotiate further technical matters. India has clarified its stand, saying that the Indian Army will stand in front of China until China retreats on the LAC completely in March-April.
In any case, India will not consider it less than a complete retreat. Two days ago, China Study Group also took a long view on the future strategy in view of the current situation on LAC.