Eastern Ladakh Row: 8th Round of Corps Commander Talks Likely Today
Indian soldiers stand in a formation after disembarking from a military transportation aircraft at a forward airbase in Leh, in the Ladakh area, on September 15,2020 (REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui)
A joint press statement by the armies of India and China a day after the last round of talks said that both sides consented to keep discussion and interaction through military and diplomatic channels to come to a mutually acceptable option for disengagement “as early as possible”.
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New Delhi: The eighth round of Corps Commander-level talks between India and China is most likely to take place this week with a concentrate on continuing their discussions on the disengagement process in eastern Ladakh as the area gets in the extreme winter, federal government sources stated. There was no development on the disengagement of troops from the friction points during the seventh round of talks on October12 Both sides had kept that the talks were “favorable and constructive”.
” The 8th round of military talks are most likely to occur today. The date is yet to be settled,” stated a source.
A joint press declaration by the two armies a day after the last round of talks stated that both sides accepted keep dialogue and interaction through military and diplomatic channels to show up at a mutually acceptable service for disengagement “as early as possible”. India has actually all along been keeping that the onus is on China to continue the procedure of disengagement and de-escalation at the friction points in the mountainous area.
Following the 6th round of military talks, the two sides revealed a slew of decisions consisting of not to send more soldiers to the frontline, avoid unilaterally changing the situation on the ground and avoid taking any actions that may even more complicate matters. The 6th round of talks were accepted a specific program of checking out ways to implement a five-point arrangement reached between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Chinese equivalent Wang Yi at a conference in Moscow on September 10 on the sidelines of a Shanghai Cooperation Organisation( SCO) conclave.
The pact consisted of procedures like fast disengagement of soldiers, avoiding action that might escalate tensions, adherence to all agreements and procedures on border management and actions to restore peace along the LAC. The scenario in eastern Ladakh degraded following at least 3 attempts by the Chinese soldiers to “intimidate” Indian soldiers along the northern and southern bank of Pangong lake location in between August 29 and September 8 where even shots were fired in the air for the first time at the LAC in 45 years.
As stress escalated further, the foreign ministers of India and China held talks in Moscow on September 10 where they reached the five-point agreement to defuse the situation in eastern Ladakh. In the last three months, the Indian Army rushed tanks, heavy weapons, ammunition, fuel, food and vital winter season supplies to various treacherous and high-altitude areas of the area to preserve combat preparedness through the severe winter season of around four months beginning around mid-October.
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