China-India military level talks fail to break ice on ‘disengagement’ in Eastern Ladakh

Srinagar, March 13:  The India-China military level talks have failed to break the ice for the next phase of disengagement and de-escalation of troops in Eastern Ladakh

According to the joint statement issued by India and China, the 15th round China-India Corps Commander Level Meeting was held at Chushul-Moldo border meeting point on the Indian side on 11th March 2022.

“The two sides carried forward their discussions from the previous round held on 12th January 2022 for the resolution of the relevant issues along the LAC in the Western Sector. They had a detailed exchange of views in this regard, in keeping with the guidance provided by the State Leaders to work for the resolution of the remaining issues at the earliest,” the joint statement stated.

“They reaffirmed that such a resolution would help restore peace and tranquility along the LAC in the Western Sector and facilitate progress in bilateral relations. The two sides also agreed to maintain the security and stability on the ground in the Western Sector in the interim”.

According to the statement, both  sides agreed to maintain dialogue via military and diplomatic channels to reach a mutually acceptable resolution of the remaining issues at the earliest.

The two sides have held 14 rounds of talks following the standoff between militaries of India and China in Eastern Ladakh since May 2020. The two sides agreed on disengagement in Pangong Tso in Feburuary 2021, and from Patrolling Point (PP) 17A in Gogra Hot Springs area in August. However, some areas  yet to be resolved are PP15, Demchok and Depsang.

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