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Indian and Chinese military commanders hold fifth round of border row talks | India News


NEW DELHI: Senior military commanders from India and China are holding a new round of talks on Sunday with the aim of ensuring expedited withdrawal of troops from all friction points along the Current Line of Control in eastern Ladakh, military sources said.
It is the fifth round of corps commander-level talks in nearly two months aimed at defusing border tensions caused by a violent clash between the two armies in the Pangong Tso area of ​​eastern Ladakh on May 5. .
The meeting was scheduled to start at 11 am in Moldo, on the Chinese side of the Current Control Line (ALC).
Sources said the Indian side will insist on the total withdrawal of Chinese troops from Finger areas at Pangong Tso as soon as possible, in addition to completing the disconnection process at a couple of other friction points.
The previous round of corps commander level talks took place on July 14 and lasted almost 15 hours.
In the talks, the Indian side had conveyed a “very clear” message to the Chinese military that the status quo ante must be restored in eastern Ladakh and it will have to follow all mutually agreed protocols for border management in order to recover peace and quiet. area.
The Indian delegation also informed the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (EPL) about the “red lines” and conveyed that the responsibility lay primarily with China to improve the overall situation in the region.
After the talks, the Army said that both sides are committed to the “total withdrawal” of the troops, adding that the process is “complex” and requires “constant verification.”
The Chinese army has withdrawn from the Galwan Valley and other friction points, but the withdrawal of troops has not advanced from the Finger areas in Pangong Tso, as demanded by India, the sources said.
India has insisted that China must withdraw its forces from areas between fingers four and eight. Mountain spurs in the area are known as fingers.
On July 24, India and China held another round of diplomatic talks on the border issue.
After the talks, the Ministry of External Affairs said that both sides agreed that an early and complete withdrawal of troops throughout LAC in accordance with bilateral agreements and protocols was essential for the overall development of relations between the two nations. .
The formal troop withdrawal process began on July 6, a day after a nearly two-hour telephone conversation between National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi about ways to reduce the tension in the area.
In Sunday’s talks, the Indian delegation was led by Lt. Gen. Harinder Singh, the Leh-based commander of the 14th Corps, while the Chinese side would be led by Maj. Gen. Liu Lin, commander of the southern military region of Xinjiang.
Sources said the focus of the talks would be to finalize a framework for a “verifiable and time-limited” disconnection process of all friction points such as Pangong Tso and Depsang and to withdraw large numbers of troops and weapons from rear bases to throughout LAC. .
The first round of the corps commander’s talks took place on June 6, during which both sides finalized an agreement to gradually withdraw from all separation points beginning with the Galwan Valley.
However, the situation deteriorated after the Galwan Valley confrontation on June 15 in which 20 members of the Indian army died. The Chinese side also suffered casualties, but has not yet provided details. According to a US intelligence report, the number of victims on the Chinese side was 35.
Following the Galwan Valley incident, the government has given the armed forces “full freedom” to provide an “adequate” response to any Chinese misadventure in LAC.
The Army has sent thousands of additional troops to locations along the border after the deadly clashes. The IAF has also moved air defense systems, as well as a sizable amount of its front-line combat aircraft and attack helicopters, to several key air bases.

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