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India and China are in close communication on the next round of military talks: MEA | India News

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NEW DELHI: India and China agreed to hold the next round of senior commander-level meetings soon and the two sides are in close communication through diplomatic and military channels, the Foreign Ministry said on Friday.
Indian and Chinese troops have been locked in a bitter border clash in eastern Ladakh for more than eight months, as multiple rounds of diplomatic and military talks have yet to produce any major breakthroughs.
“Both sides agreed to hold the next round of the high-level commanders meeting soon and we are in close communication through diplomatic and military channels in this regard,” said ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava.
He was answering a question about the next round of military talks at a press conference.
The eighth and final round of military talks between the two sides took place on November 6, during which both sides extensively discussed the withdrawal of troops from specific sticking points.
India has always maintained that China has a responsibility to carry out the process of disengagement and de-escalation at the friction points in the mountainous region.
In a clear message to China, Army Chief of Staff Gen. MM Naravane said last week that India is committed to resolving the clash in eastern Ladakh through talks, but that no one should make the mistake of test your patience.
Following the sixth round of military talks, the two sides had announced a series of decisions that included not sending any more troops to the front, refraining from unilaterally changing the situation on the ground, and avoiding taking measures that could further complicate matters.
This round was carried out with a specific agenda exploring ways to implement a five-point agreement reached between Foreign Minister S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi at a meeting in Moscow on September 10 last year on the sidelines. of a conclave Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
The pact included measures such as the rapid withdrawal of troops, avoiding actions that could increase tensions, compliance with all agreements and protocols on border management, and steps to restore peace throughout LAC.

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