Indian envoy to China meets PLA brass, seeks restoration of status quo on LAC

Indian envoy to China meets PLA brass, seeks restoration of status quo on LAC

NEW DELHI: As the India-China military stand-off in Ladakh entered its 100th day this week, and with the disengagement process having stalled, India’s envoy to China Vikram Misri met senior People’s Liberation Army officers in Beijing to explain India’s position on the

border situation

that has sought restoration of status quo as before the confrontation began in early May.

Misri’s meeting came even as an unsigned article in the Chinese embassy bulletin quoted

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi

as blaming India for the Galwan Valley clash of June 15, asking New Delhi to conduct an investigation into the incident and “hold violators accountable, strictly discipline frontline troops and immediately stop provocative acts”. This, Indian officials said, was China’s usual tactic of blaming India for actions that PLA troops were responsible for. But while the Chinese foreign office spokesperson has said so often enough, it was more unusual for the hardline quotes to be attributed to Wang, who is also the state councillor.

The Indian ambassador’s meeting with the Chinese military brass was also unusual. “Ambassador Vikram Misri today met Major General Ci Guowei, director of the office of International Military Cooperation of the

Central Military Commission

, and briefed him on India’s stance vis-a-vis the situation on the borders in eastern Ladakh UT,” the Indian embassy tweeted.

In Beijing, Misri has been meeting think tanks and foreign ministry officials to apprise them of India’s views. Earlier this week, Misri met Liu Jianchao, deputy director of the office of the CPC Central Committee Foreign Affairs Commission, an influential official in the party. The idea behind the meetings is to let the Chinese know how important the border resolution is for India and that a prolonged standoff could completely crater the bilateral relationship.

Asked about the current situation, the MEA spokesperson said “some progress (on disengagement) had earlier been made”, comments that served to highlight the current impasse.

“While we would like the ongoing disengagement process to be completed at the earliest, it is important to bear in mind that achieving this requires agreed actions by both sides. We, therefore, expect the Chinese si

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