India, China to hold 11th round of talks today to discuss disengagement in Eastern Ladakh

India and China will hold the 11th round of Corps Commander-level talks on Friday at Chushul to discuss disengagement from friction points in Gogra, Hot Springs and Depsang plains in Eastern Ladakh.

The talks come after nearly a two-month gap. The focus of the talk would be disengagement on other friction points.

On February 20, Indian and Chinese militaries held the 10th round of military dialogue to de-escalate tension at the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Indian military delegates were led by Lieutenant General PGK Menon, Commander of 14 Corps based in Leh. They had met to discuss disengagement at friction areas like Hot Springs, Gogra and 900 square km Depsang plains.

The build-up in Depsang was not being considered part of the current standoff that started in May last year as escalations here took place in 2013, India has insisted during recent military commander meetings to resolve all issues across the Line of Actual Control.

“The initial attempt will be to resolve Gogra and Hot Springs. Finding a solution to Depsang might be tricky and take longer,” said the officer.

So far disengagement process at both banks of Pangong Lake has taken place. It was on February 10 that China made an announcement that New Delhi and Beijing had agreed to disengage at Pangong Lake.

Indian Army team along with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) team physically verified and re-verified disengagement at Pangong Lake.

As per the agreement, Chinese troops moved back to Finger 8 and Indian troops pulled back to the Dhan Singh Thapa post between Finger 2 and 3 of the north bank of Pangong Lake.

India and China are engaged in a year-long standoff at the Line of Actual Control. The confrontations began on the north bank of Pangong Lake, both in the waters and the bank as Chinese incursions increased in early May last year.

(With agency inputs)

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