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LAC talks end in standoff: ‘Chinese side does not agree with suggestions’

A day after the 13th round of Corps Commander-level talks between India and China, the Indian Army on Monday said that the meeting to resolve the LAC standoff ended in a deadlock. The military said in a statement that it made “constructive suggestions” but the Chinese side “did not agree”. The army said that they could not even make any forward-looking proposal.

However, both sides have agreed to maintain communication and maintain stability at the ground level.

“It is our expectation that the Chinese side will take into account the overall perspective of bilateral relations and work towards an early resolution of the remaining issues, in full compliance with bilateral agreements and protocols,” the military said.

Sunday’s meeting took place after a gap of more than two months – the last round of discussions was held on 31 July. Officials hoped that at the end of the meeting there would be an agreement on disengagement from PP15 in Hot Springs. In the plains of Depsang, China is blocking India from accessing its five patrol points – PP10, PP11, PP11A, PP12 and PP13. Some “so-called citizens” of China have pitched tents in the Indian side of Charding Nala in Demchok.

The meeting took place amid growing reports of Chinese incursions at various places along the LAC. Indian and Chinese patrols came face to face in Tawang a few days ago and in late August Chinese troops crossed the LAC at Barahoti in Uttarakhand. Army Chief General MM Naravane had said on Saturday that China was building infrastructure in the region, and was “here to stay”.

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