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Salman Khurshid to visit China on May 9

Source : ANI
Last Updated: Mon, May 06, 2013 12:30 hrs

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid will pay a two-day official visit to the People's Republic of China beginning on May 9 at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.

The two ministers will discuss bilateral, regional and global issues of concern to both sides. They will also discuss the proposed visit to India of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

The face off in Ladakh had cast a shadow over Khurshid's visit to China to prepare the ground for the new Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang's visit to India from May 20.

The issue has now been resolved peacefully with the two sides agreeing to restore status quo along the Line of Actual Control in the western sector of the boundary, as it existed prior to April 15.

"India and China have agreed to restore status quo along the Line of Actual Control in the western sector of the India-China boundary, as it existed prior to April 15, 2013. Flag meetings have been held to work out the modalities and to confirm the arrangements," MEA official spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said.

Diplomacy between India and China yielded results as Beijing agreed to pull out its troops from the Daulat Beg Oldi sector in Ladakh.

The nearly three-week-old stand-off between India and China over the latter allowing its troops to enter and occupy 19 kilometers of Indian territory in the Daulat Beg Oldi sector near the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh, ended on Sunday night, with both sides withdrawing their troops to previously agreed positions.

The troops of the two sides held four flag meetings, the last one being on Sunday.

India had earlier asked China to maintain status quo on the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

Daulat Beg Oldi, which is located in northernmost Ladakh, is a historic campsite. It is located on an ancient trade route connecting Ladakh to Yarkand in Xinjiang, China. (ANI)




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