India, China hold 13th Corps Commander-level talks on Ladakh standoff

India, China hold 13th Corps Commander-level talks on Ladakh standoff

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NEW DELHI, 10 OCT: India and China held the 13th Corps Commander-level talks on the Ladakh standoff on Sunday. The meeting, which started at 10:30 am, lasted for around eight-and-half hours, and concluded at 7 pm.

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The talks were held at Moldo in Eastern Ladakh on the Chinese side on Sunday to address the ongoing military standoff between India and China along the LAC (Line of Actual Control).

The talks took place nearly two months after both the countries withdrew troops from Gogra. The disengagement at Gogra was carried out on 4-5 August. The disengagement there had taken place after the 12th round of talks between the Corps Commanders held on 31 July.

According to sources, India reported having asked China to work towards early resolution of the remaining issues along the LAC fully abiding by bilateral agreements and protocols.

Last week, Indian and Chinese troops were engaged in a brief face-off near Yangtse in the Tawang sector of Arunachal Pradesh. It was resolved within few hours following talks between commanders of the two sides as per established protocols, people familiar with the development said on Friday.

Similarly, in August, close to 100 soldiers of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) had transgressed the LAC in the Barahoti sector.

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

The Indian delegation conveyed this view at the 13th round of talks while pressing for bringing down tensions at Depsang.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday had stated that it expected China to work towards early resolution of the remaining issues along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh by fully abiding by bilateral agreements and protocols.

Addressing a weekly media briefing, MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, “It is our expectation that China will work towards early resolution of the remaining issue along the Line of Control (LoC) in Eastern Ladakh while fully abiding by bilateral agreements and protocols.”

In the last one and a half years, the two countries have held a series of meetings both at the military and diplomatic levels to peacefully resolve the stand-off.

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