13th round of India-China military talks today, focus on hot springs

The India-China border dispute involves the 3,488-km Line of Actual Control (Representational)

New Delhi:

The 13th round of high-level military talks between India and China to take forward the disengagement process in the remaining friction points along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh today in Moldo on the Chinese side, opposite Chushul, a defense official said. Front is starting. said.

The talks are focused on an agreement for the next phase of de-escalation from the hot springs and overall de-escalation in eastern Ladakh.

A tense standoff broke out with Indian troops earlier this month Chinese soldiers infiltrating Arunachal Pradesh Across the Line of Actual Control, sources told NB.

on 30 August. Close 100 Chinese soldiers encroached 5 km across LAC in Uttarakhand’s Barahoti areaNorth of Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, and returned after a few hours from an area protected by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), news agency PTI said.

At the end of last month, India told China, ‘Don’t shift goalposts’ and “confuse” with the larger issue of the resolution of the border question to manage border affairs and restore peace on the border, which is dealt with by various designated mechanisms.

Indian envoy to China Vikram Misri said the two countries should “stay away from certain obstacles that may block progress”.

Addressing the 4th High-Level Track II Dialogue on China, Mr. Misri said, “The first goal is to avoid shifting outposts. For a long time, the Indian and Chinese sides have worked together between resolving the border question and managing border affairs. A well understood distinction has followed.” -India relations on 23 September.

earlier this week, Army Chief General Naravane had said that the “unprecedented” military standoff with China There was a need for an immediate response and massive mobilization of resources at a time when the country was facing the coronavirus pandemic.

The border standoff between Indian and Chinese armies started on May 5 last year in eastern Ladakh following violent clashes in the Pangong Lake area.

Both sides gradually increased their deployment by carrying thousands of soldiers as well as heavy weapons.

There has been some disengagement, but India maintains that only complete disengagement will result in de-escalation.

As a result of a series of military and diplomatic talks, the two sides completed the demilitarization process in the Gogra region last month.

In February, the two sides completed the withdrawal of troops and weapons from the northern and southern shores of Pangong Lake in line with an agreement on secession.

The India-China border dispute involves the 3,488-km Line of Actual Control.

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