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Flag meeting at Indo-China border

The MEA is hopeful of a peaceful resolution of the crisis on India-China border following an intrusion by Chinese troops. Accepting that the Chinese troops entered 10 km into the Indian territory in Ladakh, MEA spokesperson, Syed Akbaruddin said that India-China border continued to be peaceful and a flag meeting was held between the troops on Tuesday. This is the second flag meeting between the two sides in past eight days.

He said crisis could be handled on the basis of agreements between the two countries and two mechanism established under them. There have been reports that Chinese troops have set up tents in Ladakh. The Indian Army also has moved in more troops in the region. However, Beijing has denied any incursion across the Line of Actual Control, which is a notional line.

Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai had summoned the Chinese envoy Wei Wei last week to convey his concern, in the wake of the scheduled visit of the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to India in mid-May.

Akbaruddin further said: ‘Intrusion came to note on 15 April. Gautam Bambawale, joint secretary East Asia, who chairs working mechanism for consultation and coordination spoke to his counterpart who is DG border affairs of the Chinese ministry of foreign affairs.’
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