Ladakh Standoff | India, China hold second round of Corps Commander-level talks to resolve border issues
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Days after the violet standoff between the two sides, the top commanders of the Indian and Chinese Armies on Monday held a Corps commander-level meeting soon to resolve the ongoing dispute in eastern Ladakh, news agency ANI quoted Indian Army sources as saying.
According to the ANI, the meeting is underway at Moldo on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) opposite to Chushul.
This was the second meeting between the top commanders of the two sides after things escalated between India and China in eastern Ladakh. The meeting was held between 14 Corps Commander Lieutenant General Harinder Singh and South Xinjiang Military District chief Major General Liu Lin.
A report by news agency PTI suggests that two sides deliberated on a set of confidence building measures including implementation of an agreement arrived at the first round of the Lt Gen talks on June 6.
India and China had on June 12 held "productive" talks to end the border standoff in eastern Ladakh, just three days before the bloodiest clash between the sides at Galwan Valley that claimed the lives of 20 Indian soldiers.
During that meeting, the Indian delegation had pressed for total restoration of status quo ante and immediate withdrawal of thousands of Chinese troops from the areas including around Pangong Tso which India considers on its side of the LAC.
"The talks were productive as both sides exchanged views in a positive atmosphere. Both the armies are committed to end the row through talks," news agency PTI had quoted an official as saying.
However, things between the two sides escalated after the violent clash at the Galwan Valley. Following the standoff, the central government asked the armed forces to be "fully ready to give befitting reply to any Chinese misadventure" in eastern Ladakh and other sectors and has decided to adopt a "different tactical approach in guarding border with China henceforth".
Giving full freedom to the Indian Armed Forces to deal with any aggressive behaviour by People's Liberation Army (PLA) along the LAC, the government said it has decided to adopt a different tactical approach in guarding border with China henceforth.
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.
Both sides have been asserting that pending the final resolution of the boundary issue, it is necessary to maintain peace and tranquillity in the border areas.
In their historic informal summit in Chinese city of Wuhan in 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping underscored the importance of maintaining peace and tranquillity in all areas of the India-China border region in the interest of the development of bilateral relations.
The summit had taken place months after a 73-day military face-off between the two armies in Doklam that raised fears of a war between the two Asian giants.
In their talks on June 6, both sides agreed to follow the broad decisions taken by Modi and Xi in the Wuhan summit to ensure peace and tranquillity along the LAC.
(With PTI inputs)
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