Chinese defense ministry asserts stability despite India’s disappointment over 21st corps commander meeting

The Chinese Ministry of National Defense affirmed that the current border situation between China and India remains generally stable, highlighting ongoing diplomatic and military channels for dialogue, on Thursday. Senior Colonel Zhang Xiaogang, spokesperson for the ministry, made these remarks during a press briefing. This statement comes in response to India’s recent assertion that the latest round of talks between the two countries’ Corps Commanders yielded no progress.

The 21st iteration of the Corps Commander Level Meeting between China and India took place on February 19, convened at the Chushul-Moldo border rendezvous point. Colonel Zhang refuted India’s claims, stating that the 21st round of Corps Commander Level Meeting involved positive and constructive discussions aimed at resolving border issues. Both sides reportedly engaged in extensive communication to reach a mutually acceptable solution promptly.

Colonel Zhang expressed hope for mutual trust enhancement and effective resolution of differences to uphold peace along the border regions. The meeting took place at the Chushul-Moldo border meeting point, where India reiterated its stance on complete disengagement along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh for peace restoration.

According to reports, India strongly advocated for addressing persistent issues at the Depsang and Demchok points, yet tangible progress remains elusive. The talks, held in a friendly atmosphere, focused on the imperative of disengagement along the LAC as a prerequisite for peace reinstatement.

In response, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) affirmed that both sides shared their viewpoints cordially during the discussions. They pledged to sustain communication through relevant military and diplomatic channels while ensuring peace and tranquility along the border areas in the interim.

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