Indian and Chinese Officials Hold Talks over Disputed Border

Senior diplomats from China and India met in the capital city of Beijing to hold the 29th round of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination (WMCC) on India-China Border Affairs on March 28th.

Officials from the Joint Secretary (East Asia) from the External Affairs Ministry (EAM) represented the Indian side, while the Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Boundary & Oceanic Department led the Chinese side.

The meeting focused on the ongoing standoff along the Ladakh sector of the Line of Actual Control in northwest India and China. While the meeting did not lead to any substantial breakthrough, the delegates agreed to “maintain regular contact through diplomatic and military channels.”

The delegations also agreed “on the need to uphold peace and tranquility on the ground in the border areas in accordance with existing bilateral agreements and protocols.”

The EAM released a statement saying the two sides “had an in-depth exchange of views on how to achieve complete disengagement and resolve the remaining issues” found in the Western Sector of the India-China border area. However, the statement did not provide any details regarding how both sides would abide by the agreements and protocols.