India, China in talks to schedule military commanders’ meet over de-escalation

India and China are in talks to fix dates for talks between senior military commanders of the two countries. The commanders will discuss the second, and more complex, phase of de-escalation and disengagement of their troops in eastern Ladakh. The talks could happen as early as the first part of this week, a person familiar with the development said Sunday.

This will be the fourth round of talks at the level of senior commanders since 5 May when tensions first mounted between the two sides after a physical fight between patrols of India and China along the banks of the Pangong Lake in Ladakh. The previous rounds of talks took place on 6 June, 22 June and 30 June. The military talks this week come after senior diplomats of the two countries met via video link on Friday and vowed to “ensure complete disengagement” along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

Tensions along the border and a violent clash on 15 June have shredded India-China ties, regarded as uneasy but stable, on account of both adhering to a slew of pacts aimed at keeping frictions in check.

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