India and China on Monday held the seventh round of their corps commander-level talks to ease tensions in eastern Ladakh where both armies are involved during a tense five-month-long military standoff. The meeting started at around 12 noon at Chushul, on the Indian side of the road of Actual Control, and went on till late within the night for quite 10 hours a minimum of.
India has again insisted that China withdraw its troops from all friction points in eastern Ladakh and restore the established order ante of April 2020 in Pangong Tso and Gogra Post-Hot Springs. The Chinese Army has also been preventing Indian patrols within the Depsang sector. India has made it clear that since it had been China which had first transgressed, the People’s Liberation Army possesses to form the first move towards disengagement.
There was no official word yet on the corps commanders’ meeting. an official statement could even be released on Tuesday or Wednesday. The Indian and Chinese armies had issued a joint handout after the sixth round of the corps commanders’ meeting. This was the first corps commanders’ meeting after China said that it’s “not recognised” the Union territory of Ladakh.
The meetings with the Chinese military tend to be lengthy as discussions usually need to be translated.
This was the last meeting under Lt. Gen. Harinder Singh as commander of 14 Corps. he’s able to require charge because the commandant of the Indian academy , Dehra Dun, later this month after completing his one-year tenure.
Lt. Gen. P.G.K. Menon, who is getting to be the new 14 Corps chief, also took part in Monday’s meeting. The representative from the external affairs ministry, joint secretary (East Asia) Naveen Srivastava, too attended the corps commanders’ meeting for the second time. there are reports that some Chinese foreign ministry officials also attended the meeting for the first time.
In the last corps commanders’ meeting, all sides had agreed to stop sending more troops to the battlefront , refrain from unilaterally changing things on rock bottom, and avoid taking any action which can further complicate things.
Since the sixth corps commanders’ meeting, some kind of uneasy peace has been maintained at the LAC in Ladakh, which had seen sort of firing incidents for the first time in over four decades. However, tension remains high within the world, with all sides having deployed troops, tanks, artillery, missiles and fighter at advanced bases. the military and thus the Indian Air Force are still on high alert.
Both sides are prepared to remain their armies at these high altitude bases within the mountains during winter when temperatures dip way below zero degrees and bone-chilling winds make survival extremely difficult.
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