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There has been a big reaction from China amid the continuing tension along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh. China has said that maintaining peace along the border and deepening strategic trust with India is one of its priorities. The Chinese Foreign Ministry said that maintaining peace along the disputed border with India and deepening strategic trust with India is one of China’s diplomatic priorities. It also said that Beijing would try to expand ‘shared interests’ with neighbors in the future.

In response to a question about China’s diplomatic priorities, Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian gave a brief outline of Beijing’s plans to move forward in bilateral relations with the US, Russia, the European Union, Japan and India. Zhao said ‘For the Sino-India relationship the two sides should jointly secure peace and security in the border areas and maintain a stable and strong development of bilateral relations’.

In a statement published on the Chinese Foreign Ministry website on Monday night, he said, “We will continue to deepen strategic mutual trust and expand shared interests with our neighbors and other developing countries.”

However, Chinese authorities made no reference to the ongoing tension between India and China along the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh. The two countries have held several rounds of strategic and military talks to reduce and de-escalate tensions along the border in eastern Ladakh, but peace has not yet been restored in the stalled areas.

A new statement from the Chinese Foreign Ministry indicated that the process of disengagement at the border has not been completed. However, the statement did not share details of the situation on the ground. The Chinese Foreign Ministry said that “… the border forces of China and India are negotiating to control the situation.”

At the same time, top officials of the Indian Army including Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat informed a committee of MPs on Monday that the process of de-escalation in Ladakh is long, but the Indian Armed Forces are ready for it. All arrangements have been made for the deployment of the army for the winter of Kadke.


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