India expects China to work sincerely: MEA

Indian and Chinese officials are expected to meet for a record third time in a month in the next couple of days, for a virtual conference of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India China Border Affairs (WMCC) grouping, sources said.

The WMCC, which normally has only annual or bi-annual meets, has already met on June 24 and July 10 this year, while the MEA confirmed that the next meeting is expected “soon”. However, the MEA declined to respond to a question on whether holding the WMCC meeting so soon after the previous meeting indicated that there is a problem in the disengagement schedule.

Based on the consensus reached at the third round of Corps Commanders talks on June 30, Indian Army and PLA soldiers have disengaged from stand-off points patrolling Galwan and Gogra, and have disengaged “partially” at Hot Springs and Pangong Tso, military sources said. At Pangong Tso, Chinese troops reportedly pulled back from the base of Finger 4, and moved to Finger 5, but they continue to be present in smaller numbers on the ridge lines of Finger 4, contrary to the agreement.

( With inputs from Vijaita Singh )

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