Indo-China military talks fail to break the ice

Srinagar: The 14th round of  of India and Chinese military has failed to break the ice as the two sides maintained that another round of talks will be held to resolve the friction points in eastern Ladakh.

India and China held the  14th round of Corps Commander talks in an attempt to take forward the stalled process of disengagement and de-escalation in Eastern Ladakh.

In a press statement issued  by the government, it was stated that the 14th round India-China Corps Commander Level Meeting was held at Chushul-Moldo border meeting point on the Chinese side on 12th January 2022.

“Representatives from the defense and foreign affairs establishments of the two sides were present at the meeting. The two sides had a frank and in-depth exchange of views for the resolution of the relevant issues along the LAC in the Western Sector,” the statement said.

“They agreed that both sides should follow the guidance provided by the State Leaders and work for the resolution of the remaining issues at the earliest. It was noted that this would help in restoration of peace and tranquility along the LAC in the Western Sector and enable progress in bilateral relations. The two sides also agreed to consolidate on the previous outcomes and take effective efforts to maintain the security and stability on the ground in the Western Sector including during winter. The two sides agreed to stay in close contact and maintain dialogue via military and diplomatic channels and work out a mutually acceptable resolution of the remaining issues at the earliest. In this context it was also agreed that the next round of the Commanders’ talks should be held at the earliest,”.

Following the ongoing standoff  which started in May 22, both China and India held several rounds of talks to resolve friction points in Pangong Tso area and from Patrolling Point 17 in the Gogra area in August, in addition to Galwan. The other areas yet to be resolved are Hot Springs, Demchok and Depsang.

India has been insisting on comprehensive disengagement and de-escalation of the situation in eastern Ladakh.

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