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Commander Level Talks: India To Focus On “Complete Disengagement” By China In Finger Region

“Complete disengagement” by China in Ladakh’s Finger area will be India’s main focus in a fresh round of diplomatic talks to scale down tensions along the de facto border, army sources said today. 

“Complete disengagement” by China in Ladakh’s Finger area will be India’s main focus in a fresh round of diplomatic talks to scale down tensions along the de facto border, army sources said today.

Sources said the Indian and Chinese armies will be holding Commander-level talks at 11 am today in Moldo – the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control.

The fifth round of talks between the countries will be held to defuse the tensions following clashes between the nations in June in the Galwan Valley that stunned the country. 20 Indian soldiers had to lay down their lives in the clash on 15 June, which caused outrage and anger across the country, invoking series of talks between senior army officers from both sides to reduce the tensions.

Earlier, reports suggested that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is not in a mood to de-escalate the situation on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) as it has a continued deployment of around 40,000 troops in its front and depth areas for the Eastern Ladakh sector.

The sources claimed, the Chinese are also not honouring their commitment for disengagement at the friction points in Eastern Ladakh and not moving back as per the agreed terms during the multiple rounds of talks at the government and Army levels and intervention at the senior level like the one done by the National Security Advisor couple of week ago.

Sources said, “The Chinese have not shown any signs of de-escalation as they continue to maintain their heavy troop deployment of almost 40,000 troops supported by heavy weaponry like air defense systems, armoured personnel carriers and long-range artillery in front and depth areas.”

The disengagement process has also not made any progress since the last round of talks between the two Corps Commanders held earlier week and ground positions have also not changed, the sources said.

 

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