India and China have been locking horns at the borders for over a month now, and during times like these, this does not seem to be such a good thing to focus national attention towards. In order to expedite a pullback on the borders, India and China will discuss on Friday. This discussion will be around ways to build on the disengagement process – a process started this week after National Security Advisor Ajit Doval conversed with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
Friday’s meeting will be of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination (WMCC) on Indo-China Border Affairs. This would also be the first formal interaction at a diplomatic level after the Doval-Wang icebreaker online session that happened on Sunday regarding the Ladakh Stand-off.
The WMCC was actually set up in 2012 to address the friction experienced along the Line of Actual Control and is headed by Naveen Srivastava who is the Joint Secretary (East Asia) in the external affairs ministry. Wu Jianghao, on the other hand, is the director-general in the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
At the moment, the Chinese Troops have pulled back about 1.5km at the Galwan valley Stand-off point, which also happens to be the site of the June 15 violent attack on the Indian Army at the Galwan border. India was a clear disadvantage at this standoff.
How this meet follows through would be imperative in the future of what this standoff would turn out to be. Considering the current scenario, neither India nor China is in a situation to be at war. It yet remains to be seen how the diplomats proceed in the light of the current scenario.