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India-China LAC issue: Stage set for next round of Corps Commander level talks; Disengagement from the friction points to be addressed

By Financial express

One year over, the Indian and Chinese sides are set to meet for the next round of Corps Commander-level talks. Though the dates have not been formally announced, sources based reports indicate the talks are set to take place on Friday (April 8, 2021) between the two sides.

According to sources in the Indian Army, the talks will be focused on resolving the pending issues including the friction points at the Depsang Plains, Demchok, Gogra and Hot Springs. The talks between the two sides are taking place when the winters are over and the second phase of disengagement should start, and the Chinese PLA continues to be present on the Indian perception of the LAC.

According to reports there seems to be a movement of the Chinese PLA ground forces into the plains of Aksai Chin, which according to sources appears to be preparation of their annual summer drills.

In April 2020, under the pretence of summer drills, the Chinese PLA had moved in towards the Line of Actual Control. And as reported earlier by Financial Express Online, this led to a major stand-off between the Indian and Chinese forces. The stand-off lasted nine long months along the LAC in eastern Ladakh.

At the end of several rounds of marathon talks at the military and diplomatic levels, both India and China had agreed to the withdrawal of troops and weapons from the South and North banks of Pangong Lake. This was in line with an agreement on disengagement between the two sides. Earlier this year in February, once the two sides completed the first phase of disengagement military commanders had another round of talks and focused on taking forward the process of disengagement at other friction points.

Recap

Last summer, intelligence reports which were generated by multiple agencies; the ITBP, IA, R&AW, IB, State Intelligence and others had indicated that the Chinese troops had come inside around 12.5 km on the Indian side of the LAC.

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