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India China Standoff: What did China say on the withdrawal of troops from Gogra-Hotsprings, a silent silence on Modi-Jinping meeting

Beijing: China declined to comment on a possible meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of next week’s SCO summit in Uzbekistan. However, it said that the process of withdrawal of troops in the Gogra-Hotsprings area of ​​eastern Ladakh is a positive development to improve bilateral relations. Asked whether India and China are in touch with each other about a possible Modi-Xi meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Samarkand from September 15 to 16, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said. Mao Ning said he did not have any information in this regard at this time. China and India are important members of the SCO. He said that we have high hopes from this organization.

Indian and Chinese soldiers withdrew from Gogra-Hotsprings
India and China on Thursday announced a coordinated and planned withdrawal of their troops from Patrol Point 15 in the Gogra-Hotsprings area of ​​eastern Ladakh. After this, speculation about the meeting between Modi and Xi intensified. The SCO is an eight-member grouping on economic and security that includes China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India and Pakistan. SCO is headquartered in Beijing. However, the armies of the two countries still stand face to face in the strategically important Depsang.

China said – the result of many levels of talks
The Chinese Army on Friday confirmed that the process of coordinated and planned withdrawal of Chinese and Indian troops from ‘Patrolling Point 15’ in the ‘Gogra-Hotsprings’ area of ​​eastern Ladakh has been initiated. Commenting on the two sides’ announcement of their withdrawal, Mao said the agreement was the result of several rounds of talks at both the military and diplomatic levels and was important for an atmosphere of peace in the border areas. Asked whether Thursday’s announcement would normalize relations, he said the beginning of the troops’ withdrawal is a positive development. We hope that this will help in strengthening bilateral relations.

Tension continues in Ladakh since May 2022
India has consistently maintained that maintaining peace along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) is important for the overall development of bilateral relations. To resolve the standoff, the two armies held 16 rounds of Corps Commander level talks. Significantly, the border standoff started in eastern Ladakh on May 5, 2020, after violent clashes in the Pangong Lake area.

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