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China and India in talks to hold 9th round of commander-level meeting on Ladakh standoff: Ministry of Defense | India News

BEIJING: China and India are in consultations to hold the ninth round of corps commander-level meetings to discuss troop withdrawals from eastern Ladakh, Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Colonel Tan Kefei said on Thursday.
Since the eighth round of corps commander-level talks between the Chinese and Indian armies, the two sides have held consultations on withdrawing front-line troops and strengthening the management of border troops, Tan said in a online press conference.
The situation in the border areas is generally stable, he said, according to a transcript posted on the website of the Chinese Defense Ministry.
China is willing to maintain communication with India through military and diplomatic channels, he said.
India is expected to work with China towards the same goal, implement the consensus reached at the Corps Commander-level meetings and take pragmatic steps to further reduce tension in the border areas, Tan said.
India and China have held several rounds of talks at the diplomatic and military level to resolve the confrontation that broke out in early May.
In the latest round of talks at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs level on December 18, the two sides said they agreed to continue working to ensure the complete disconnection of troops at all friction points along the Royal Line of Control ( LAC). The meeting also decided to hold the next round of military dialogue at an early date.
Amid the fighting in eastern Ladakh, Chinese President Xi Jinping appointed a new general on December 19 as commander of the Western Theater Command of the People’s Liberation Army, which oversees the China-India border.
Xi, who heads the Central Military Commission (CMC), the high command general of the two million-strong People’s Liberation Army (PLA), appointed General Zhang Xudong as commander of the Western Theater Command.
General Zhang succeeds General Zhao Zongqi, 65, who headed the Western Theater Command during the 2017 Doklam clash, where the Indian army opposed the PLA’s plan to lay a road near the Indian border in a area claimed by Bhutan.
The Ladakh confrontation also occurred under the supervision of Gen Zhao.

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