13th Round of India-China Military Talks with Focus on Hot Springs Today

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The border dispute between India and China covers the 3,488 km line of actual control (representative)

New Delhi:

The 13th round of high-level military talks between India and China to advance the withdrawal process at the remaining friction points along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in east Ladakh begins today in Moldo on the Chinese side, across from Chushul, a defense official called.

The talks should focus on an agreement on the next phase of the withdrawal from Hot Springs and general de-escalation in eastern Ladakh.

Earlier this month, Indian soldiers faced a tense stalemate with Chinese forces who had crossed the line of effective control in Arunachal Pradesh, sources told NDTV.

On August 30, nearly 100 Chinese soldiers crossed 5 km above LAC in the Barahoti region of Uttarakhand, north of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, and returned after a few hours from the area guarded by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), PTI news agency said .

Late last month, India told China not to “move target posts” or to “confuse” border affairs management and the restoration of peace at the borders with the larger issue of border resolution, which is being handled through various dedicated mechanisms.

India’s envoy to China, Vikram Misri, said the two nations must “avoid certain obstacles that may block progress”.

“The first is to avoid moving target posts. The Indian and Chinese sides have long adhered to a well-understood distinction between resolving the border issue and managing border affairs, ”said Misri in an address at the 4th high-level Track II dialogue on China-India relations on 23 September.

Earlier this week Army Chief General Naravane said the “unprecedented” military stalemate with China required an immediate response and large-scale mobilization of resources at a time when the country was facing the coronavirus pandemic.

The border dispute between the Indian and Chinese military broke out on May 5 last year in eastern Ladakh after a violent clash in the area of ​​Lake Pangong.

Both sides gradually increased their efforts by storming tens of thousands of soldiers and heavy weapons.

While there has been some withdrawal, India says that only complete withdrawal will de-escalate.

As a result of a series of military and diplomatic talks, the two sides completed the withdrawal process from the Gogra region last month.

In February, both sides completed the withdrawal of troops and weapons from the north and south banks of Lake Pangong in accordance with a withdrawal agreement.

The border dispute between India and China spans the 3,488 km line of actual control.



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