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  • 24 January, 2021

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India, China - Corps Commander dialogue

India, China - Corps Commander dialogue

  • India and China are scheduled to hold the ninth round of Corps Commander talks after a long delay in the senior military-level talks to work out a phased disengagement and de-escalation along the disputed border in Eastern Ladakh.
  • The talks will be held on the Chinese side at Moldo opposite Chushul, a defence source said. As the earlier round, the Indian side will be led by Lt. Gen. P.G.K. Menon, General Officer Commanding of the 14 Corps.
  • Last November, officials said both sides are close to finalising a phased withdrawal plan of troops and equipment but there was no progress since concluding it.
  • With no breakthrough in several rounds of military and diplomatic-level talks, both sides have dug in for the harsh winter in the high-altitude region.
  • The Indian stand continues to be complete disengagement and de-escalation along the entire Eastern Ladakh.

No progress

  • After the sixth round on September 21, both sides for the first time issued a joint statement in which they agreed to “stop sending more troops to the frontline” and “refrain from unilaterally changing the situation on the ground”. There has been no progress towards resolution in the subsequent rounds.
  • Early this month, Army chief Gen. Manoj Naravane said the forces were ready to hold the ground for as long as it takes along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) to achieve “national objectives”. He had also downplayed reports of Chinese troop withdrawal from the training areas in the depth which he said were 500-1,500 km away from the border and one should not lay “too much significance” on these comings and goings.
  • In the long-term view, the Army is reorganising some of its strike elements from the western border to the northern border for deployment along the LAC.

Source: TH

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