India China Military Talks Over Border Issues: Chinese Defense Minister Li Shangfu (Li ShangfuNew high-level military talks were held between the two countries on Sunday (April 23) to resolve the remaining disputed issues of eastern Ladakh ahead of the proposed visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to India. This was the 18th round of military talks between India and China. People associated with this matter gave this information.
Shangfu will be here to attend an important Defense Minister-level meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), which is being hosted by India. This meeting is to be held on 27th April. People aware of the developments said that the meeting took place at the Chushul-Moldo border rendezvous center on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh.
The Indian side insisted on this
Sunday’s military talks come nearly four months after the last round of talks between senior army commanders of the two sides. However, it was not immediately known whether there has been any progress in resolving the pending cases.
According to the information received, the Indian side insisted on resolving the issues related to the remaining disputed sites of Demchok and Depsang in eastern Ladakh at the earliest. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh is likely to hold a bilateral meeting with his Chinese counterpart on the sidelines of the SCO conference.
What is India’s stand?
During the talks, the Indian delegation was led by Lieutenant General Rashim Bali, Commander of the 14th Corps at Leh. This military corps handles the border security arrangements on the LAC in the Ladakh region. Corps Commander level talks were initiated to resolve the Eastern Ladakh dispute. India says that until there is peace in the border areas, its relations with China cannot be normal.
The deadlock started in 2020
The standoff on the eastern Ladakh border began on May 5, 2020, following a violent clash in the Pangong Lake area. In June 2020, after the fierce conflict in the Galvan Valley, the relations between the two countries had declined significantly. As a result of a series of military and diplomatic talks, both sides pulled back troops from the north and south banks of Pangong Lake and the Gogra area.
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