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Corps commander-level talks on India-China standoff likely to take place next week

China has been aggressive along LAC in Ladakh leading to face-off with Indian forces. (Photo: AFP file). Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

NEW DELHI, Oct 15, 2020, DNA. In order to find a solution to the India-China standoff along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh, the 8th Corps Commander level meeting between both the countries is likely to take place next week, DNA India reported.

According to sources, the meeting will take place next week, with the likely possible date being October 19.

Earlier, on October 12 the 7th Corps Commander level meeting between India and China had lasted for a marathon 11 hours in Chushul.

India had gone into the meeting in Chushul with the aim of pressing for early and complete disengagement of troops by China from all contentious points in eastern Ladakh.

A joint statement was also issued by both the armies after the meet in which they called for a ‘mutually acceptable solution for disengagement as early as possible’.

The Joint statement after the 7th Corps Commander level meeting was the third between the two countries in the last one and a half month. The statement by both the armies described the talks as ‘positive, constructive and had enhanced understanding of each other’s positions’.

Notably, India and China made two joint statements in September alone. The first was after the foreign ministers’ talks in Moscow and then after the 6th corps commanders talks.

A proposal was given by China during the 7th corps meet which was discussed at the China Study Group (CSG) comprising of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat and three service chiefs.

India and China are in a standoff at the Line of Actual Control since April. Several rounds of diplomatic and military talks have not yielded results in scaling down tensions. In fact, both the countries have made heavy deployment of troops along the LAC in Ladakh, the main friction point. Both the armies look prepared to take on the extreme winter chill of the region but are not ready to budge from their stands.

Meanwhile, China has asserted that it recognises the 1959 LAC, which is not at all acceptable to India.

The India-China standoff began in April after Chinese troops crossed the Line of Actual Control and entered into Ladakh, Indian territory. Expansionist Beijing has been claiming the Ladakh area as its own territory and objecting to road construction activities in the region by the Indian government.

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