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8th round of India-China military talks to focus on fixing buffer zones along LAC

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The eighth round of military talks between India and China will focus on finalising the exact locations of the buffer zones to be created along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh with an aim to work out a partial disengagement of troops over the next three weeks before the heavy winter sets in, ThePrint has learnt.

After the 15 June Galwan Valley clash, which led to the death of 20 Indian soldiers and an unconfirmed number of Chinese soldiers, the two armies had chalked out some buffer zones at the local level. These zones will now be formalised at the higher levels, government sources said.

Buffer zones would be areas on both sides of the LAC where neither army conducts patrols.

The eighth round of talks, the latest in a series of dialogues meant to ease months-long tensions at the LAC, are likely to be held this week. They assume significance as any large-scale redeployment of troops or de-induction will need to be carried out before the passes close by the last week of October.

At the seventh round of talks, both sides agreed on early disengagement. According to sources, based on the discussions held during the seventh rounds of talks, a series of proposals and counter-proposals were exchanged between both sides.

The proposals included earmarking all friction points as demilitarised areas with mutually agreeable buffer zones created between the two armies, and delineating the limit of patrolling accordingly to prevent any escalation.

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