India and China will discuss ways to build on the disengagement process that was started this week after the conversation between National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, people familiar with the development. Friday’s meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on Indo-China Border Affairs is going to be the first formal interaction at a diplomatic level after the Doval-Wang icebreaker video call on Sunday on the Ladakh stand-off.
The WMCC was formed in 2012 to address tensions along the Line of Actual Control, is headed by Naveen Srivastava, the joint secretary in the external affairs ministry, and Wu Jianghao, director general in the Chinese foreign ministry.
Naveen Srivastava and Wu Jianghao had their last meeting on June 24 when they agreed that the two sides need to quickly implement disengagement and de-escalation steps agreed on by senior military commanders. But this agreement did not lead to any change in the ground situation and a belligerent Beijing continued to attempt pressure on India, accusing New Delhi of violating bilateral agreements and provoking the June 15 clash in Galwan Valley that led to casualties on both sides.