14th round of India-China commander level talks likely on January 12

New Delhi, 7 January

The 14th round of Corps Commander-level talks between India and China is likely to be held on January 12, which will focus on some progress in the disengagement process in the remaining friction points in eastern Ladakh, people familiar with the development said on Friday.

He said the talks are expected to take place at the Chushul border point on the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh.

The Indian side is expected to press for early disengagement in all remaining friction points including resolution of issues at Depsang Bulge and Demchok.

The 13th round of talks was held on 10 October and ended in a deadlock.

Both sides failed to make any progress in talks with the Indian Army after the talks, stating that the “constructive suggestions” made by it were not acceptable to the Chinese side, which could not even offer any “further way”. .

In their virtual diplomatic talks on 18 November, India and China agreed to hold the 14th round of military talks at the earliest to achieve the objective of complete disengagement in the remaining friction points in eastern Ladakh.

It is learned that the Indian side had sent at least two proposals for the 14th round of talks in the last two months but the Chinese side was yet to respond positively to them.

The people mentioned above said that the talks are likely to take place on January 12.

The eastern Ladakh border standoff between Indian and Chinese armies began on May 5, 2020, following violent clashes in the Pangong Lake areas.

Both sides gradually increased their deployment by carrying thousands of soldiers as well as heavy weapons.

As a result of a series of military and diplomatic talks, the two sides last year completed the demilitarization process on the northern and southern shores of Pangong Lake and in the Gogra region.

Each side currently has around 50,000 to 60,000 troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the sensitive area. PTI