India shoots down 'deal' talk over China incursion, mum on status quo

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A day after India and China ended their three-week long face-off in Ladakh, the Indian government today said there was no 'deal' with China, which also confirmed that the incident has been resolved but did not mention whether the status quo in the sector as it existed prior to April 15 will be restored or not.

Dismissing speculation of any 'deal' while resolving the situation, government sources said the two sides have only agreed to sit and talk about peace and tranquillity along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) while restoring the status quo in the sector.

Meanwhile, China stopped short of acknowledging that it's troops, which had intruded 19 kms into Indian territory, were going back to position prior to April 15 but said the incident has been resolved through 'fruitful consultations'.

In Beijing, Chinese foreign ministry spokeswomen Hua Chunying said, "Following the stand off incident at the border area, China and India with the larger interests of bilateral relations in mind have taken a cooperative and constructive attitude".

The two sides exercised restraint and properly handled the incident through relevant mechanisms, diplomatic channels and border meetings, she said.

In New Delhi, spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs said India and China have agreed to restore status quo along Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh as it existed prior to April 15.

Announcing this, he also said flag meetings have been held to work out modalities and to confirm the arrangements.

The spokesperson also officially announced the two-day visit of External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid to China from Thursday.

Khurshid and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi "will discuss bilateral, regional and global issues of concern to both sides. They will also discuss the proposed visit to India of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang," he said.

The sources also dismissed reports that the recent Chinese incursion was a "military affair" and said it was probably done to bring to table Beijing's concerns over India's efforts to build up its defence capabilities along the Ladakh and Arunachal borders.

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