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India-China Hold 15th Round of Corps Commander Talks, Agree to Maintain Dialogue

The 14th round of the India-China Corps Commander level meeting in January had concluded in a stalemate.

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The Indian Army on Saturday, 12 March, announced that the 15th round China-India Corps Commander level meeting was held at Chushul-Moldo border meeting point on the Indian side on Friday.

According to news agency ANI, the talks lasted for around 13 hours and concluded on Friday night, after having started at 10 am. Lieutenant General Anindya Sengupta had been slated to lead the Indian delegation to negotiate with the Chinese side, reports published earlier had indicated.

Both the sides carried forward their discussions from the previous round, held on 12 January for the resolution of the relevant issues along the LAC in the Western Sector, a press release on Saturday said.

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They had a detailed exchange of views in this regard, in keeping with need to work for the resolution of the remaining issues at the earliest.

Both the sides also reaffirmed that such a resolution would help restore peace and tranquility along the LAC in the Western Sector and facilitate progress in bilateral relations, according to the statement.

The two sides also agreed to maintain the security and stability on the ground in the Western Sector in the interim.

"They agreed to maintain dialogue via military and diplomatic channels to reach a mutually acceptable resolution of the remaining issues at the earliest," the statement concluded.

Tensions in Ladakh

The talks come amid tensions between the two nations, which have been ongoing since May 2020, when clashes erupted in the Pangong Lake area of Ladakh between Indian and Chinese forces.

Both India and China have deployed around 50,000 troops each in the border region amid the friction.

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Since the May 2020 clashes, many rounds of talks have been held for the disengagement of troops. There had been no headway in the resolution talks at the 14th round of the India-China Corps Commander level meeting on 12 January.

"It was noted that this would help in the restoration of peace and tranquility along the LAC in the Western Sector and enable progress in bilateral relations," a statement released by the Indian Army after the interaction had stated.

Before that, the 13th round of Corps Commander talks between the Indian and the Chinese militaries, held at Chushul-Moldo border on 10 October, had also concluded in a stalemate, with the Indian side calling its Chinese counterparts disagreeable.

"During the meeting, the Indian side therefore made constructive suggestions for resolving the remaining areas but the Chinese side was not agreeable and also could not provide any forward-looking proposals. The meeting thus did not result in resolution of the remaining areas," the Indian Army had said then.

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