The Indian and Chinese military officials are holding the twelfth round of talks on 31 July near the Ladakh sector, to find peaceful solutions between the two countries.
The Indian Army and the Chinese Liberation Army (PLA) initiated the talks at 10:30 am on Saturday.
The talks will be held near the Moldo area of the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The previous talks were held on 9 April, the Indian military told the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to disengage their troops from the several lines of friction at disputed sites.
There have been multiple talks between Indian and Chinese officials to resolve the border dispute and find solutions.
The outcome of the ninth military talks led to the disengagement of troops, military equipment, and ammunition near the Pangong Tso area in February.
In the upcoming talks, the center of the focus will be resolving the issue along with the areas of Gogra, Depsang, and Hot Springs.
It’s important to note that both the Indian and the Chinese troops have around fifty-sixty thousand troops in these areas, which didn’t improve even after the Pangong Tso sector disengagement.
Manoj Mukund Narvane, the Indian army chief, in May had stated that the Indian soldiers were on a high alert since the People’s Liberation Army was deploying its troops and equipment near several bases.
The army chief also stated that immediate results after talks shouldn’t be expected because the disengagement near the area of Pangong Tso took place after nine rounds of talks between the officials and military cadre.
The Chinese troops in the Gogra and Hot Springs area have affected the patrolling and other activities of the Indian troops. The Indian troops have lost access to various routes and patrolling points including the patrolling points of 10, 11, 11-A, 12, and 13 in Depsang.
Besides Depsang, further areas of patrolling points 15 and 17A, in Gogra and Hot Springs, have also been compromised, due to which the discussion of these patrolling points will also be taken up.
The plan follows that after the disengagement of the troops at various points, the issues of Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Eastern area of Ladakh will also be discussed.
The Indian and the Chinese troops will be working on a solution for patrolling in the areas.
Since last May, they have been several rounds of talks between the two parties, Corps Commander talks have been held approximately eleven times, there have been at least ten major talks between the officials, fifty-five brigadier level talks have been held along with around 1,450 calls have gone through the hotlines established for communication at Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO) and Chushul.
Last month, India and China had held a meeting virtually called the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination (WMCC).
The agenda of the meeting was to have a dialogue on the process of meetings and resolving the standoff issues.
The twelfth military talk is being held after the meeting between S Jaishankar, Indian Foreign Minister; Arindam Bagchi, the minister of external affairs; and Wang Yi, the Chinese official, which was held two weeks ago in Tashkent to discuss several matters.
The meeting between the two concluded that the peace talks between the two parties should be held at the earliest to solve the issue of standoff and reach a peaceful resolution.
On June 6, 2020, the officials held the first round of talks between India and China to discuss the border issue. However, the skirmish on June 15 last year near the Galwan Valley created complications to reach a significant result in the talks.
The skirmish left twenty Indian soldiers dead and an undisclosed number of Chinese soldiers also succumbed to injuries and passed away.