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Eastern Ladakh row: India may press for early disengagement of troops with China on 14 August

Around four months after the last edition of the military talks, the 19th round of Corps Commander level dialogue is taking place on Monday to ease tensions in the region.

File: A satellite image of the Line of Actual Control border and patrol point 14 in the eastern Ladakh sector of Galwan Valley. (via REUTERS) (HT_PRINT)Premium
File: A satellite image of the Line of Actual Control border and patrol point 14 in the eastern Ladakh sector of Galwan Valley. (via REUTERS) (HT_PRINT)

India may press for early disengagement of troops from the remaining friction points in eastern Ladakh at a fresh round of high-level military talks with China on 14 August, PTI quoted a source as saying on 12 August.

Around four months after the last edition of the military talks, the 19th round of Corps Commander-level dialogue is taking place on Monday to ease tensions in the region.

As per details, the Indian delegation at the talks is going to seek completion of the disengagement process in the remaining friction points at the earliest.

Even as the two sides completed disengagement from several areas following extensive diplomatic and military talks, both Indian and China troops are locked in an over three-year standoff in certain friction points in eastern Ladakh.

On 23 April, the 18th round of the military dialogue took place where the Indian side strongly pressed for resolving the lingering issues at Depsang and Demchok.

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In the fresh round of talks, to be held at the Chushul-Moldo border meeting point on the Indian side, the Indian delegation is most likely to be headed by Lt Gen Rashim Bali, the Commander of the Leh-headquartered 14 Corps. While the Chinese team is expected to be led by the commander of the South Xinjiang Military District.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping in July spoke on the need to stabilize bilateral relations at a dinner during the G-20 summit in Bali in 2022.

Also, on 24 July, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval met top Chinese diplomat Wang Yi on the sidelines of a meeting of the five-nation grouping BRICS in Johannesburg.

Doval conveyed that the situation along the LAC in the western sector of the India-China boundary since 2020 had "eroded strategic trust" and the public and political basis of the relationship, said the statement.

It added that the NSA emphasized the importance of continuing efforts to fully resolve the situation and restore peace and tranquillity in the border areas to remove impediments to normalcy in bilateral ties.

In the meantime, India has maintained its ties with China cannot be normal unless there is peace in the border areas.

Earlier on 5 May 2020, the eastern Ladakh border standoff erupted after a violent clash in the Pangong Lake area.

The ties between the two countries nosedived significantly after the fierce clash in the Galwan Valley in June 2020. But with a series of military and diplomatic talks, the two sides completed the disengagement process in 2021 on the north and south banks of the Pangong Lake and in the Gogra area.

With agency inputs.

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Published: 12 Aug 2023, 09:28 PM IST
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