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Major Generals likely to meet at DBO over Depsang tensions

After the breakdown of talks at the level of the Corps Commander to restore status quo ante at friction points on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, the division commanders of India and China are likely to meet in the coming days to arrive at a plan to reduce tensions in the strategic Depsang Plains. Official sources told The Indian Express that the meeting would be held at the Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO)-Tianwendian border meeting point on the LAC. The Indian delegation will be led by the General Officer Commanding of 3 Mountain Division, Major General Abhijit Bapat, at the meeting which is likely to happen “in the next few days,” sources said. The agenda of the meeting, sources said, is to reduce tensions at the Depsang Plains where both sides have massed troops on the disputed border. More than 15,000 Chinese troops are estimated to have been deployed opposite Depsang, where India has also mobilised matching troops on its side, including an armoured brigade.

The meeting at the DBO-Tianwenidan BPM, located at an altitude of 16,000 feet, is expected to discuss a plan for de-escalation by both the sides in an area considered strategically important by both armies.

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