India’s External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar on Tuesday said that Chinese deployment along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) continues unabated while urging Beijing to live up to its “written commitments”. The comments come as India, China prepare for the next round of “Working Mechanism for Consultation & Coordination” (WMCC) diplomatic talks.
At an event, Jaishankar referred to the deployment in Ladakh, saying “close up deployments still continue, especially in Ladakh. The issue is whether China will live up to the written commitments which are made about both countries not deploying a large armed force at the border.”
June marked a year since the violent face off in Galwan which left 20 Indian dead in action while confronting aggressive Chinese actions. This incident marked the first time bloodshed was witnessed at the Line of Actual Control in decades and caused the relationship between Asian giants to hit a historic low.
Urging Chinese authorities to stick to the commitment and calling the India-China border issue “a challenge”, Jaishankar said that “the larger issue really [is] whether we can build this relationship on the basis of mutual sensitivity, mutual respect and mutual interest”.
A pact made in February facilitated disengagement at the Pangong Lake area but deescalation in other territories like Gogra and hot springs is still awaited.
The 21st meeting of the WMCC took place on March 12, 2021 and was followed by the 11th round of India-China Corps Commander Level meeting which happened on April 9, 2021.
During the course of these meetings, India has repeatedly called for complete disengagement but China’s stance has remain largely unchanged in terms of retreating.