De-escalation takes place at the LAC after SR talks, but can India believe China?

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  After having a long talk over the India China border tensions, the special representative of both the countries has agreed to have a de-escalation of the troops. The ministry of external affairs (MEA) stated that the talk held on 5th June as a Frank and in-depth talk in which the two Special Representatives exchanged views on the recent developments in the Western Sector of the India-China border areas. The Special Representatives (SR) of India national security advisor (NSA) Shri Ajit Doval and H.E. Mr Wang YI, State Councillor and Minister of Foreign Affairs of China had a telephone conversation that lasted for almost two hours on Sunday.

Earlier, in a corps commander’s meeting, it was reported that disengagement with the Chinese PLA has started. Subsequently, the rearward movement of vehicles of People’s Liberation Army(PLA)  is also seen at General area Galwan, Hotsprings & Gogra, as per sources. The Chinese are removing tents and structures at Patrol Point 14, the place where the Galwan Valley faceoff took place.

In a press release a day after MEA depicted “The two Special Representatives agreed that both sides should take guidance from the consensus of the leaders that maintenance of peace and tranquillity in the India-China border areas was essential for the further development of our bilateral relations and that two sides should not allow differences to become disputes. Therefore, they agreed that it was necessary to ensure at the earliest complete disengagement of the troops along the LAC and de-escalation from India-China border areas for full restoration of peace and tranquility.” 

It was also agreed that the two Special Representatives will continue their conversations to ensure full and enduring restoration of peace and tranquillity in the India-China border areas in accordance with the bilateral agreements and protocols. Adding to this, MEA also stated that “The meeting re-affirmed that both sides should strictly respect and observe the line of actual control and should not take any unilateral action to alter the status quo and work together to avoid any incident in the future that could disturb peace and tranquillity in border areas”

On the talks, China’s Global Times also quoted “China & India have made progress coming up with effective measures for frontline troops to disengage & deescalate the border situation at the 3rd commander level talks between the two militaries on June 30”.

However, even after the talks, Beijing had left no way to believe because of its old policy of betrayal which it had showcased on the 15th of June as well. The mass military deployments and the contingent gathered near LAC will take a long time to get disengaged. Till then both the countries should have to organise the kind of talk which can work as a bridge to share others point of views. Hence the MEA in its statements also stated that “The two Special Representatives agreed that the diplomatic and military officials of the two sides should continue their discussions, including under the framework of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China border affairs (WMCC)”. That is why the upcoming months will be very crucial which will decide the credibility of Beijing too. 

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