Efforts are continuing to reduce tension on the border dispute in Ladakh through military talks on behalf of both countries. India-China military commander-level talks to resolve tensions in Ladakh’s Gogra, Hot Spring and Depsang region may be held today, ie on 9 April. Sources in the Indian Army informed that there will be an 11th round of talks between the two countries today at around 10.30 pm, to discuss tension reduction and disengagement in areas with friction points. Let me tell you that there has been a confrontation between the Indian and Chinese armies in Ladakh for almost a year.
According to sources, after resolving tensions with China in the Pangong Lake area, the forces of the two countries may discuss the issue of decreasing military presence in the Gogra hills and the Depsang area. The talks will take place after the recent diplomatic level talks on the India-China military dispute. The two countries agreed to withdraw troops in Pangong after various rounds of military and political level meetings last month. All the parties gave credit to the Chief of Army Staff, MM Narwane for the resolution of the dispute.
Army sources said that the 11th round of Corps-Commander level talks are scheduled to begin from 10.30 am on Friday at the Chushul border on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh. In the talks, the Indian side will raise the issue of restoration of status quo in Depsang, Hotspring and Gogra in April 2020. The Indian side will be led by Lieutenant General PGK Manan of the 14th Corps-Commander at Leh.
However, today’s talks are also suspect. Because the date of the 11th meeting has not been confirmed by the Chinese side so far. China said on Thursday that it is in contact with India for the 11th meeting among military commanders to ease tension on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, but has not confirmed any date for talks. . Responding to a question about the meeting, the Chinese Foreign Ministry again blamed India for the deteriorating situation on the border.
China has denied that talks are being delayed, while the 10th round of talks was held about 7 weeks ago on 20 February. Several media reports in India said that the next meeting of Corps Commander Level between New Delhi and Beijing could be held on Friday. It is being told that the next meeting will discuss disengagement from the remaining places of conflict in East Ladakh. The two countries have withdrawn armed troops and tanks from the shores of Pangong before the February 20 talks.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, while answering a question on Thursday, said, “We are communicating between China and India for the 11th round of talks.” There is no delay in the meeting, as you said. “In a similar reply, he said,” I have no information about the Agami conversation. ”
The 10th round of talks was held on 20 February
Let us state that the 10th round between the Corps Commander-rank officers of the armies of India and China on 20 February, two days after the completion of the withdrawal of the armies of the two countries from the high altitudes of the northern and southern sides of the Pangong Tso of Ladakh. Had a conversation. The meeting, which lasted nearly 16 hours, focused on the process of withdrawing troops from stale points such as Hot Springs, Gogra and Depsang in eastern Ladakh.
Quad increased China’s concerns
Here, China’s concerns about the quad have increased. China said on Tuesday that military cooperation between different countries should be compatible with regional peace. The remarks came a day after China and other members of the Quad, including India, were involved in a large naval exercise amid growing Chinese aggression in the region. India and three other members of the Quad – the US, Australia and Japan – began a three-day naval exercise with France in the eastern Indian Ocean on Monday. When asked about the naval exercises of France and the Quad Alliance countries, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian on Tuesday reiterated Beijing’s stance that such cooperation should be conducive to peace in the region. Speaking to the media here, he said, ‘I have seen these reports. We have always believed that military cooperation between countries should be compatible with regional peace and stability. ‘ During this expedition, Indian Navy ships and aircraft will practice at sea with ships and aircraft from France, Australia, Japan and America.