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India Rebuts China Claims Of Disengaged In Most Areas,Says Pullback Not Over
Two days ago, China had also said that the situation on the ground was easing amid regular talks between official
India Rebuts China Claims Of Disengaged In Most Areas, Says Pullback Not Over
New Delhi: Just two days after China claimed that the frontline border troops have completed the disengagement process in most of the locations and the situation on the ground is easing, on Thursday India rejoinder it, adding the exercise is not complete yet.
The spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, Anurag Srivastava said that “There has been some progress made towards this objective but the disengagement process has as yet not been completed. The Senior Commanders of the two sides will be meeting in the near future to work out steps in this regard".
Also, the spokesperson underlined that the “maintenance of peace and tranquility in the border areas” is the basis of the India-China bilateral relationship.
“Therefore, we expect that the Chinese side will sincerely work with us for complete disengagement and de-escalation and full restoration of peace and tranquility in the border areas at the earliest as agreed to by the Special Representatives,” he added.
Responding to a specific query earlier on whether Indian and Chinses soldiers had completed disengagement at the Galwan Valley, Hot Spring, and Gogra areas, the Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said tat disengagement was completed in most the areas.
“The front-line frontier defence forces of the two countries have disengaged in most locations, and the current situation continues to develop in the direction of easing and cooling,” said Wenbin.
The difference between India and China on the disengagement process along the LAC emerged following the meeting last Friday, with the New Delhi calling on Beijing to "sincerely implement" the understanding of troop withdrawals reached by senior military commanders of the two sides.
Last week the northern Army commander Lieutenant General YK Joshi said that the disengagement between forward-deployed Indian and Chinese soldiers from friction areas along the contested Line of Actual Control was the "complex and intricate process"
(With inputs from PTI)