‘Corps Commander talks were candid, constructive’

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At the eighth round of Corps Commander-level talks between India and China on Friday, the two sides had a “candid, in-depth and constructive exchange of views” on disengagement along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

  • Both sides agreed to earnestly implement the important consensus reached by the leaders, ensure their front-line troops exercise restraint and avoid misunderstanding and miscalculation.
  • Since the Indian Army occupied several dominating features which were lying vacant on the south bank of Pangong Tso in August, China has been pressing for discussing the south bank first and other friction areas later.
  • There was no change in the Indian stand that the entire eastern Ladakh had to be discussed together.

Line of Actual Control (LAC)

  • The Line of Actual Control (LAC) is a notional demarcation line that separates Indian-controlled territory from Chinese-controlled territory in the Sino-Indian border dispute.
  • The term is said to have been used by Zhou Enlai in a 1959 letter to Jawaharlal Nehru. It subsequently referred to the line formed after the 1962 Sino-Indian War, and is part of the Sino-Indian border dispute.
  • There are two common ways in which the term "Line of Actual Control" is used, in the narrow sense, it refers only to the line of control in the western sector of the borderland between the Indian union territory of Ladakh and Chinese Tibet Autonomous Region. 
  • In that sense, the LAC, together with a disputed border in the east (the McMahon Line for India and a line close to the McMahon Line for China) and a small undisputed section in between, forms the effective border between the two countries. 
  • In the wider sense, it can be used to refer to both the western line of control and the eastern line of control, in which sense it is the effective border between India and the People's Republic of China (PRC).