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Eastern Ladakh row: 8th round of Corps Commander talks likely this week

"The eighth round of military talks are likely to take place this week. The date is yet to be finalised," said a source.

India and China are likely to hold the eighth round of Corps Commander-level talks in the week started October 19. The two neighbours will carry forward discussions on the disengagement process in eastern Ladakh as the region enters the harsh winter season.

"The eighth round of military talks are likely to take place this week. The date is yet to be finalised," a source told PTI. A series of diplomatic and military talks have been held but no concrete breakthrough has been achieved yet.

The sides had held the seventh round of military talks on October 12 in Chushul on the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC). India and China had issued a joint statement saying talks were "positive and constructive".

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The statement by the two armies said that both sides agreed to maintain dialogue and communication through military and diplomatic channels to arrive at a mutually acceptable solution for disengagement "as early as possible".

The sixth round of commander-level talks was held on September 21 following which India and China announced a slew of decisions, including not to send more troops to the frontline, refrain from unilaterally changing the situation on the ground and avoid taking any actions that may further complicate matters.

Read: 7th round of Sino-India military talks "positive and constructive": Joint Statement

The sixth round of talks was held with a specific agenda of exploring ways to implement a five-point agreement reached between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi at a meeting in Moscow on September 10 on the sidelines of a Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) conclave.

The situation in eastern Ladakh deteriorated following at least three attempts by the Chinese soldiers to "intimidate" Indian troops along the northern and southern bank of the Pangong Lake between August 29 and September 8. Even shots were fired in the air for the first time at the LAC in 45 years.

As tensions escalated further, the foreign ministers of India and China held talks in Moscow on September 10 where they reached the five-point agreement to defuse the situation in eastern Ladakh.

(With PTI inputs)
First Published on Oct 18, 2020 09:15 pm
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