India and China will hold the 14th round of military talks to discuss disengagement and resolution of the dragging border standoff in eastern Ladakh on Wednesday, three months after the last round of negotiations broke down with neither side agreeing to withdraw troops from the remaining friction points.
“As agreed by both sides, China and India on January 12 will hold the 14th commander level meeting on the Chinese side of the Moldo meeting site,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson, Wang Wenbin, said on Tuesday.
“Currently the situation on the border areas is stable on the whole and the two sides are in dialogue and communication through diplomatic and military channels,” Wang said when asked to comment on the talks and the situation at the border.
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“We hope India will work to help the situation to move from emergency handling to a regular daily-based management phase,” Wang added.
STANDOFF SINCE MAY 2020
1- The two sides had then also agreed to “consolidate” the results in the areas where troop disengagement has taken place and prepare for and hold the 14th round of military talks soon.
2- Indian and Chinese border troops have been locked in a border standoff in eastern Ladakh since May, 2020, when a violent clash in the Pangong lake area led to both sides gradually deploying tens of thousands of soldiers as well as heavy weaponry along the border.
3- Several rounds of military and diplomatic talks have only resulted in partial disengagement of troops until now.
4- India has repeatedly and consistently rejected China’s allegations that Indian troops crossed over to the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh, asserting that New Delhi has always taken a responsible approach towards border management and maintaining peace and tranquility in the border areas.
5- In August, Indian and Chinese troops had withdrawn from the Gogra area in eastern Ladakh, which marked the second round of disengagement in 2021.
It came six months after India and China pulled back troops from Pangong Tso, a Himalayan lake.
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