The next round of talks between India and China will be crucial and New Delhi hopes for partial disengagement at some friction points along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh.
It would be important to thin down the troops as a first step towards disengagement, officials familiar with the developments told OneIndia. There have been seven rounds of military commander level talks since June. However there has been no disengagement. During the earlier round of talks, China made certain unacceptable demands with regard to de-escalation. China suggested it would patrol till Finger 5 of Pangong Tso, whole India would patrol till Finger 3. This arrangement is unacceptable to India because Finger 4 will become part of occupied Aksai Chin.