After 14 rounds of talks in two years, the Chinese Foreign Ministry recently said that both sides can take a step forward on border issues and reach a solution. India and China are holding the 15th round of high-level military talks on Friday to resolve the 22-month-long standoff. The Indian side put pressure on China to resolve the remaining friction points in Ladakh during the Corps Commander level talks that lasted for about 13 hours. Army sources gave this information.
According to sources, both the parties should seek a proper resolution of the acceptable disputes. India is pushing for withdrawal of troops to areas like important patrolling point-15 and PP-17 and 17A at Hot Springs, following disengagement along the northern and southern coasts of Pangong Tso, Galwan and Gogra. Sources said the Indian side insisted on the proposal to resolve the military standoff that began in April-May 2020.
The latest round of talks took place in Chushul in eastern Ladakh. India and China are holding talks on the ‘Line of Actual Control (LAC)’ in the eastern Ladakh region to resolve the standoff.
The Indian delegation in the talks was led by Lt Gen Anindya Sengupta, the newly appointed Commander of the 14th Corps based in Leh.
The 14th round of talks between India and China was held on 12 January and no significant progress was made in resolving the standoff in the remaining places of confrontation.
The Chinese delegation in the talks was to be led by Major General Yang Lin, commander of the South Xinjiang Military District.
In January, China implemented a new border law and also changed the names of 15 places in Arunachal Pradesh in its map. Also, China had illegally constructed a bridge on part of Pangong Lake in eastern Ladakh earlier this year. India is closely monitoring this activity. The Chinese are building a bridge connecting the northern and southern banks of Pangong Lake. The bridge connects the northern and southern banks of Pangong Lake and will allow the Chinese People’s Liberation Army quick access to both sides. The border dispute between India and China has been going on for almost two years.