New Delhi: The initiative of talks to end the ongoing standoff on the border between India and China has once again started from both the countries. India and China may hold the 16th round of Corps Commander-level talks on July 17. Indian side will be represented by Fire and Fury Corps Commander Lt Gen A Sengupta.
The meeting will take place with an aim to discuss liberation from friction points on the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh. The last such meeting was held on March 11.A face-off between the armies of the two countries took place on the border on May 5, 2020, after violent clashes in the Pangong Lake areas.
The standoff escalated after clashes in the Galwan Valley on June 15, 2020. A day earlier, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had said that talks are on between the two countries to resolve border issues, involving their military commanders and diplomats.He further said, “Over the last two years, we have been very clear and very effective in ensuring that no attempt will be made by us to unilaterally change the status quo along the Line of Actual Control.”
The two countries had increased their military deployment by carrying thousands of soldiers as well as heavy weapons since the face-off. As a result of a series of military and diplomatic talks, the two sides last year completed the separation process on the northern and southern shores of Pangong Lake and in the Gogra region. Each side currently has around 50,000 to 60,000 troops along the LAC in the sensitive area.