The eighth round of corps commanders-level talks between India and China are set to take place on Friday in a bid to advance negotiations on the disengagement process in eastern Ladakh as their troops prepare for a winter rigorous, official sources said.
There was no decisive progress in disengaging troops from friction points in eastern Ladakh during the seventh round of military talks on October 12.
“The eighth round of military talks are expected to take place on Friday,” a source said on Tuesday.
The stalemate between the two parties erupted in early May.
Temperatures drop to minus 25 degrees Celsius during the winter months in high altitude regions.
Last week, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar said India-China relations were under “severe strain” and that the agreements signed by the two sides on border management should be respected “scrupulously” in their reports.
The Indian delegation to the eighth round of military talks will be led by Lt. Gen. PGK Menon, the new commander of the Leh-based 14th Corps.
A joint press release from the two armies after the latest round of talks said the two sides agreed to maintain dialogue and communication through military and diplomatic channels to reach a mutually acceptable disengagement solution “as soon as possible” .
India has always maintained that it is up to China to advance the process of disengagement and de-escalation at the friction points in the mountainous region.
Following the sixth round of military talks, the two sides announced a series of decisions, including not to send more troops to the front line, to refrain from unilaterally changing the situation on the ground and to avoid to take actions that might complicate matters further.
The sixth cycle took place with a specific program to explore ways to implement a five-point agreement reached between Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi at a meeting in Moscow on September 10 on the sidelines of a conclave of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
The pact included measures such as the rapid disengagement of troops, avoiding any action that could escalate tensions, adherence to all agreements and protocols on border management and measures to restore peace along the Line of Control. workforce (LAC).
The situation in eastern Ladakh deteriorated following at least three attempts by Chinese soldiers to “intimidate” Indian troops along the north and south shore of Lake Pangong between August 29 and August 8. September, where even shots were fired into the air for the first time at the BAC in 45 years.
As tensions escalated, the foreign ministers of India and China met in Moscow on September 10, where they reached a five-point agreement to defuse the situation in eastern Ladakh .
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