Instead of trying to wrest back land lost, India chooses talks
Indo-China 15th Military Commander level talks ended with not much improvement on the ongoing two-year tussles at borders. As per the joint statement released on Saturday evening about the 12 hours long Friday talks, India and China have reaffirmed their commitment to finding ways to defuse the ongoing stand-offs at the friction points at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh. The two sides also agreed to maintain peace and stability at the border in the interim.
The meeting of Corps Commanders took place at the Chushul border point in the Ladakh region. This is the 15th round of talks between the two commanders since the face-offs began in May 2020. The 14th round of talks was held on January 12 without a major breakthrough. There were no major expectations from the latest round, sources said here on Saturday. Chief of 14 Corps Lt General Anindya Sengupta led the Indian delegation while Major General Yang Lin represented China at the parleys.
In a joint statement issued on Saturday, the two countries said “The 15th round China-India Corps Commander Level Meeting was held at Chushul-Moldo border meeting point on the Indian side on 11th March 2022. The two sides carried forward their discussions from the previous round held on 12th January 2022 for the resolution of the relevant issues along the LAC in the Western Sector.
“We had a detailed exchange of views in this regard, in keeping with the guidance provided by the State Leaders to work for the resolution of the remaining issues at the earliest. They reaffirmed that such a resolution would help restore peace and tranquility along the LAC in the Western Sector and facilitate progress in bilateral relations.
“The two sides also agreed to maintain the security and stability on the ground in the Western Sector in the interim. They agreed to maintain dialogue via military and diplomatic channels to reach a mutually acceptable resolution of the remaining issues at the earliest,” the statement said.
In the 14th round of the Corps Commander-level meeting, the two sides agreed to maintain dialogue through military and diplomatic channels to work out a “mutually acceptable resolution” of the remaining issues of the standoff at eastern Ladakh. Ahead of the latest round of talks, sources in the security establishment had said 14 rounds of talks till now have resulted in the resolution of the North and South Bank of Pangong Tso, Galwan Valley, and Gogra Hot Spring areas. Both sides will now focus on achieving the resolution of the balance of friction areas. Recent statements by both sides to find a mutually acceptable solution have been encouraging and positive in nature.”
While troops disengaged from the above-mentioned flashpoints in February last year, friction points now persist at Depsang valley, Demchok, and patrolling points in the Hot Springs area. At present, more than 50,000 troops each from both sides are deployed in the front at the LAC in eastern Ladakh leading to tension.+
 India-China 14th military-level talks fails to achieve breakthrough to ease tensions on the border. Agree to meet again – Jan 13, 2022, PGurus.com
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