India-China Corp Commander talks focus on military standoff

Seeking to resolve the three-year-old military standoff, India and China are holding the 18th round of Corps Commander Level talks at the Chushul-Moldo meeting point in the Eastern Ladakh sector. From the Indian side, the meeting is led by Fire and Fury Corps Commander Lt Gen Rashim Bali and an equivalent rank officer from the Chinese side is taking place in the eastern Ladakh sector today, defence sources said.

This meeting is taking place after a gap of five months. The last meeting between the two sides at the Corps Commander level was held in December last year. The meeting is taking place when both sides are engaged in rapid construction activities along the border areas to strengthen their respective positions.

The Indian side has been raising the issue of the Depsang plains, Demchok and disengagement by both sides repeatedly.

The corps commander-level talks started to resolve the matters between the two sides in the eastern Ladakh area after the Chinese side tried to alter the status quo on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) by aggressively moving forward with heavy weaponry and a large number of troops in 2020 during the initial period of the Covid pandemic.

The two sides have however disengaged, and have moved to new positions to avoid confrontations.

In the talks, the two sides have agreed to stay in close contact and maintain dialogue through military and diplomatic channels and work out a mutually acceptable resolution of the remaining issues at the earliest.


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