New Delhi: To de-escalate the tension along the Line of Actual (LAC) in eastern Ladakh, India, and China will hold a meeting of Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination (WMCC) on Thursday. Joint secretary-level officials from both sides will head the talks. This will be the eighteenth WMCC meeting that will be held between the two nations. The last WMCC meeting was held on July 24 where New Delhi and Beijing had discussed the disengagement of the troops along the LAC in various strategic pockets such as Galwan Valley, DBO, and Depsang. The Ministry of External Affairs had said that India and China agreed that an early and complete disengagement of the troops along the LAC under bilateral agreement and protocols was essential for the overall development of bilateral relations. However, the disengagement of troops from the friction points in eastern Ladakh has not moved forward as expected by India as Chinese troops continue to hold positions at strategic regions. India will likely raise the point again on Thursday and demand an immediate restoration of the status quo ante in all areas of eastern Ladakh. According to reports, China has withdrawn its troops from the Galwan Valley and certain other friction points. However, it continues to maintain its troops in Pangong Tso, Depsang valley, and several other pockets.