India, China review LAC disengagement; agree to establish hotline

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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (File photo)

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar spoke to his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on Thursday and reviewed the status of disengagement along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh. The two leaders agreed to remain in touch and establish a hotline for the exchange of opinions between the two ministries, according to a statement by the Ministry of External Affairs on Friday morning.

Last week, armies of the two countries which have been locked in a military standoff in eastern Ladakh concluded withdrawal of troops and weapons from north and south banks of Pangong Tso in the high-altitude region.

Releasing details of External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s 75-minute telephonic conversation with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on Thursday, the MEA said that China was told that bilateral relations have been impacted severely over last year.

“EAM said that Boundary Question may take time to resolve but disturbance of peace and tranquillity, including by violence, will inevitably have a damaging impact on the relationship,” the ministry said.

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