India-China Standoff: India, China To Address Military Stand-off, Hold 13th Round Of Talks Today

India-China Standoff: Another round of high-level military talks between India and China will take place today, with a focus on making some progress in the withdrawal process from the remaining points of confrontation in eastern Ladakh. The talks will begin at 10.30 am at the Moldo border point on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh. In today’s talks, the Indian delegation will be led by Lt Gen PGK Menon, Commander of the 14th Corps based in Leh.

India will demand the withdrawal of troops soon

The Indian side is expected to press for resolution of the issues at Depsang Bulge and Demchok, besides demanding withdrawal of troops from the remaining points of confrontation at the earliest. The 12th round of talks between the two countries was held on 31 July. A few days after the talks, the two armies completed the withdrawal of troops in Gogra, which was seen as an important step towards the restoration of peace in the region.

The 13th round of talks will take place in the background of recent events.

The 13th round of talks will take place in the backdrop of two recent incidents of infiltration attempts by Chinese troops. These incidents took place in the Barahoti sector of Uttarakhand and the other in the Tawang sector of Arunachal Pradesh. Indian and Chinese troops had a brief standoff near the Yangtze in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang sector last week and it was resolved after talks between local commanders of both sides as per established protocol.

Infrastructure development a matter of concern

Sources gave this information on Friday. Even a month ago, there was an incident of skirmish between the soldiers of both the countries after about 100 Chinese soldiers crossed the LAC in Barahoti sector of Uttarakhand. Chief of Army Staff General MM Naravane on Saturday said the development of new infrastructure to sustain the military build-up and large-scale deployment by China in the eastern Ladakh region is a matter of concern. He also said that if the Chinese army maintains deployment even during winter, it could lead to a LoC (Line of Control)-like situation, though not the same as an active LoC, as is the case with Pakistan on the Western Front.

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