China asks for flag meet to ease tension

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Sep 24, 2014 01:35 IST

China’s People’s Liberation Army has sought a flag meeting with the Indian Army amidst the continuing standoff in the sensitive Ladakh sector, a move that could help ease tensions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

The development is being viewed in some quarters as China climbing down from its stiff position as the Indian Army had decided not to ask for another flag meeting after two previous attempts to end the stalemate failed.

The Indian Army is considering China’s request for a flag meeting, which could take place this week. An army source, however, said the move could not be seen as China softening its position as the agenda for the meeting between local commanders was yet to be shared.

The situation along the disputed LAC remained tense on Tuesday, with the military standoff in Chumar area entering its 13th day.

Over 1,000 Indian and Chinese soldiers continue to be involved in the faceoff, with both armies refusing to back off from the positions held by them.

The soldiers have pitched tents at their respective locations to beat sub-zero temperatures. The two armies were locked in a bitter three-week standoff in Depsang last April-May.

No map was part of pact with China: Govt

The Centre on Tuesday clarified that no map was part of the agreements signed with China during the recent visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Gujarat.

“The agreements on establishment of sister province relations between Gujarat (India) and Guangdong (China) and establishment of sister city relations between Ahmedabad (India) and Guangzhou (China) have been signed on September 17.

It is clarified that there is no map in the signed MoUs,” a government statement said.

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