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6th round of Sino-India military talks lasts 14 hours; focus on defusing tensions

The sixth round of military talks between India and China that lasted 14 hours focused on ways to defuse rising tensions along the treacherous and high-altitude friction points in eastern Ladakh considering the approaching harsh winter, people familiar with the developments said on Tuesday. The outcome of the marathon talks on Monday was not immediately known, but it is learnt that both sides agreed to meet again to take forward the negotiations.

At the talks, the Indian side pressed for an early and complete disengagement of Chinese troops from all the friction points and insisted it was for China to take the first steps to de-escalate the situation, government sources said. “The focus was to defuse tensions,” a source said.

The Indian side conveyed its position as the two delegations extensively deliberated on implementing the five-point agreement reached between India and China on September 10 to ease the border standoff that began in early May.

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