India-China Ladakh Standoff: No hint of de-escalation from third round of talks

The Corps Commanders of Indian and Chinese Armies on Tuesday held 12-hour marathon talks in Chushul to resolve the ongoing dispute over Chinese aggression along the Line of Actual Control in the Eastern Ladakh area. After the deadly Galwan clashes in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed, both India and China agreed to resolve the dispute peacefully with dialogue. This was the third round of talks held between XIV Corps Commander Lt General Harinder Singh and South Xinjiang Military Region Commander Major General Liu Lin after the Galwan clashes last month.

While the Army or the government from either side has not disclosed what transpired during the talks, there were no hints of any consensus reached by the two countries to resolve the border dispute in Ladakh. Moreover, there are reports citing Army sources that the standoff may even continue well into the winters.

“Army is preparing for the long haul and the standoff is expected to continue well into the winter,” The Indian Express quoted sources in the Army as saying.

The sources said that during the third round of talks, the process of disengagement of troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) was discussed even as “concentration and mobilisation of troops continues.”

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