Ladakh standoff: India, China hold seventh round of military talks with focus on disengagement of troops

The talks at the Corps commander level began at around 12 noon in Chushul on the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh, official sources said.

Published: 12th October 2020 03:04 PM  |   Last Updated: 13th October 2020 09:33 AM   |  A+A-

This Sept. 14, 2018 file photo shows Pangong Lake in Ladakh region, India. (Photo | AP)

Express News Service

NEW DELHI: The Corps Commanders of India and China met in Chushul for the seventh time on Monday, with the Indian side expected to review the measures taken by the People’s Liberation Army to de-escalate the situation at Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh.

“The meeting started at 12 pm in the presence of Lt Gen Harinder Singh and Maj Gen Lin Liu of China,” a senior Army officer said, adding that Lt Gen PGK Menon who will take over the charge from Lt Gen Singh was also present in meeting. 

The talks between the two sides took place for the first time after China recently said that it does not recognise the Union Territory of Ladakh. 

Beijing had also added a new twist saying it recognises a LAC proposed in 1959, but New Delhi bluntly rejected it as a unilaterally defined boundary which it had never accepted.

The previous meeting held on September 21 had ended in stalemate as the Chinese stuck to their proposal that India moves back its forces from south bank of Pangong Tso. 

But, New Delhi had categorically said that it would discuss all the standoff points, including Depsang, simultaneously and that the disengagement should be together from every standoff location.

The soldiers of India and China are locked in a prolonged standoff since May when the PLA unilateral tried to change the status quo at the LAC in eastern Ladakh by moving its forces at multiple points.


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