Ladakh Standoff | India, China to hold third Corps Commander-level talks on Tuesday to resolve border issues
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Days after the violent standoff at the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh that claimed the lives of 20 Indian soldiers, India and China will hold the third round of the Corp Commander level meeting on Tuesday, reported news agency ANI.
According to the ANI report, the third round of Corp Commander level meeting will be held at Chushul in eastern Ladakh. The talks will begin at 10.30 am. The first two rounds of the meeting were held in Moldo on the Chinese side.
Things between India and China escalated after the violent clash between the Armies of the two sides at the Galwan Valley where 20 Indian soldiers lost their lives, including a Colonel rank officer. Following the clash, India and China have held two rounds of Corp Commander level meeting to defuse the tensions.
Later, External Affairs Minister (EAM) Dr S Jaishankar also spoke with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, calling the clashes a "premeditated" action by Chinese PLA and held it directly responsible for the incident.
The government has also said that the conduct of the Chinese forces is in "complete disregard" of all mutually agreed norms and said that it expects China to sincerely "follow up" on the understanding arrived at between two sides on disengagement of troops to ensure expeditious restoration of peace and tranquility in the border areas.
"At the heart of the matter is that since early May, the Chinese side has been amassing a large contingent of troops and armaments along the LAC. This is not in accordance with the provisions of our various bilateral agreements," the government had said earlier.
Meanwhile, the government has given the Armed Forces "full freedom" to give a "befitting" response to any Chinese misadventure along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
The Indian Army has also sent thousands of additional troops to forward locations along the LAC while the Indian Air Force has also moved a sizable number of its frontline Sukhoi Su-30 MKI, Jaguar, Mirage 2000 aircraft and Apache attack helicopters to several key air bases including Leh and Srinagar.
The India-China border dispute covers the 3,488-km-long LAC. China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of southern Tibet while India contests it. Beijing also claims parts of eastern Ladakh as its own.
(With PTI inputs)
Posted By: Aalok Sensharma