India, China make progress on talks

Last Updated: Wed, May 01, 2013 06:07 hrs

New Delhi: India and China made some progress in resolving a border standoff at a third flag meeting between the armies of two sides following the incursion by the neighbouring nation, media reports said.

China reportedly suggested that the two armies increase the distance between the temporary camps that they have set up in the Depsang Valley near the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the de facto border.

However, Chinese officials apparently did not discuss a withdrawal.

While India said it would consider the suggestion, it made it clear that it would not accept pre-conditions for more discussions, reports said.

The border standoff in the Depsang Valley had remained unresolved following the collapse of the second flag meeting last week after China asked the Indian Army to destroy some of its positions in eastern Ladakh as a precondition for pulling back.

The Chinese foreign ministry however continued deny any incursion into Indian territory while India asked Beijing to maintain the status quo that existed before the April 15 intrusion.

Chinese troops have set up a post inside Indian territory, about 10 km from the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the de-facto border between India and China.

India and China bicker over territorial boundaries, especially over Arunachal Pradesh and parts of Ladakh under Jammu and Kashmir.

In 1962 China and India fought a brief war over Aksai Chin (Ladakh region) and Arunachal Pradesh, but in 1993 and 1996 the two countries signed agreements to respect the Line of Actual Control.

The 4057 km-long Line of Actual Control (LAC) is the effective border between India and People's Republic of China (PRC).

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