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13th round of military talks between India, China on border tension

India-China Military Dialogue: The Indian delegation was led by Lt Gen PGK Menon. (Representative)

New Delhi:

Sources in the security establishment said India on Sunday pressed for the early withdrawal of troops in the remaining friction points in eastern Ladakh in the 13th round of military talks that lasted nearly eight and a half hours with China.

It is learned that the main focus of the Corps Commander level talks was to complete the stalled dismissal at Patrol Point 15.

There was no official comment on the talks on the Chinese side at the Chushul-Moldo border point in eastern Ladakh.

The talks, which began at 10:30 a.m. and ended at 7 p.m., took place two months after the final round of talks, which resulted in the withdrawal of troops from Gogra.

India has been emphasizing that the resolution of outstanding issues in all friction points, including Depsang, is essential for overall improvement in relations between the two countries.

The Indian delegation is understood to have strongly expressed this view in the 13th round of talks, emphasizing on de-escalation of tensions in Depsang.

The talks took place in the backdrop of two recent incidents of attempted incursions by Chinese troops – one in the Barahoti sector of Uttarakhand and the other in the Tawang sector of Arunachal Pradesh.

The two sides held the 12th round of talks on 31 July. A few days later, the two armies completed the dissolution process at Gogra, which was seen as an important forward movement towards the restoration of peace and tranquility in the region.

In Sunday’s talks, the Indian delegation was led by Lt Gen PGK Menon, Commander of the 14 Corps based in Leh.

The border standoff between Indian and Chinese armies began on May 5 last year after violent clashes in the Pangong Lake areas and both sides gradually increased their deployment of thousands of troops as well as heavy weapons.

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

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.

Each side currently has around 50,000 to 60,000 troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the sensitive area.

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