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After fresh tensions in Ladakh, China says it hopes for disengagement as soon as possible

China, ahead of the proposed meeting between its foreign minister and his Indian counterpart in Moscow on Thursday, expressed hope for an early disengagement along LAC before the onset of harsh winter in the Himalayas.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian stated this on Tuesday hours after fresh tensions near the Pangong lake in eastern Ladakh on Monday.

“We all hope our troops get back to their camping area and there won’t be any more confrontation in the border areas. You know that place has a very bad natural condition and it is above a height of 4,000 metres,” he added.

“In winter this is not good for humans to live. So we hope, through diplomatic and military channels and through consultations on the ground, we can achieve disengagement as soon as possible and reach consensus.”

India has already asked China to work jointly for “complete disengagement and de-escalation” through diplomacy and dialogue, saying the future of the bilateral relationship is dependent on the situation along the border.

This is the first time since May China has acknowledged the harsh conditions of the mountainous Ladakh region in winter.

Earlier in the day, MEA issued a statement labelling reports in the Chinese state media that had attributed some comments to National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval as “false,” and urged the media to “refrain from such speculative reporting.”

“We have seen reports in Chinese state media, including in China Daily and Huanqiu Shibao (Global Times), which had attributed some comments to NSA Ajit Doval. These reports are completely false and are not based on facts. We urge the media to refrain from such speculative reporting,” the statement said.

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