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India and China will hold the 13th round of talks today to resolve the ongoing military standoff between the two countries. According to army sources, these talks will be held in Moldo (Chusul) on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The solution to the conflict between the two countries will be discussed during the talks. According to sources, the talks will start at 10.30 am. In Sunday’s talks, the Indian delegation will be led by Lt Gen PGK Menon, the commander of the 14th Corps based in Leh.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Thursday that it expects China to work towards an early resolution of the Line of Control issue in eastern Ladakh. It will also fully comply with bilateral agreements and protocols. Addressing a weekly media briefing, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, “We hope that China will work towards an early resolution of the Line of Control issue in eastern Ladakh and fully comply with bilateral agreements and protocols.” ” Earlier, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The two leaders discussed border tensions on the LAC.
The 12th round of talks between the two countries was held on 31 July.
The Indian side is expected to press for resolution of the issues at Depsang Bulge and Demchok, besides demanding withdrawal of troops from the remaining points of confrontation at the earliest. The 12th round of talks between the two countries was held on 31 July. A few days after the talks, the two armies completed the withdrawal process in Gogra, which was seen as an important step towards the restoration of peace in the region.
Several recent incidents of tension between the soldiers of the two countries
The 13th round of talks will take place between two recent incidents of infiltration attempts by Chinese troops. These incidents took place in the Barahoti sector of Uttarakhand and the other in the Tawang sector of Arunachal Pradesh. Last week, there was a clash between Indian and Chinese soldiers near Yangzi in Tawang sector of Arunachal Pradesh. After which it was resolved after talks between the local commanders of both the sides as per the established protocol. Even a month ago, there was an incident of skirmish between the soldiers of both the countries after about 100 Chinese soldiers crossed the LAC in Barahoti sector of Uttarakhand.
Chief of Army Staff General MM Naravane on Saturday said the development of new infrastructure to sustain the military build-up and large-scale deployment by China in the eastern Ladakh region is a matter of concern. He also said that if the Chinese army maintains deployment even during winter, it could lead to a LoC-like situation. He said that however it will not be like the LoC, as it is with Pakistan on the Western Front.
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