Third round of India-China military talks focused on disengagement


NEW DELHI | JULY 1, 2020:

The India-China military talks on Tuesday lasted 12 hours, with the focus being on defining the details of disengagement.

The talks between the commander of the Leh-based 14 Corps, Lieutenant General Harinder Singh and the commander of the South Xinjiang military region, Major General Liu Lin, come even as tensions continue between India and China following the violent Galwan Valley clashes in Eastern Ladakh.

This was the third meeting between the two sides and was held in Chunshul on the Indian side. The last two meetings took place in Moldo on the Chinese side on June 6 and June 22.

According to sources, "There are four pockets of friction right now. Only a slight reduction of troops on these, which is minuscule."

China agreed to move back to Pangong Tso but did not. India claims the Line of Actual Control is at Finger 8 and the Chinese are sitting between Finger 4 and Finger 5.

"Concentration and mobilisation of troops continue and has not shown any signs of abating and could go well into the winter," sources said.

The meeting on June 22 lasted for around 11 hours. Sources stated that the dialogue was positive, constructive, and that there was a mutual consensus to disengage.

"Modalities for disengagement from all friction areas in Eastern Ladakh were discussed," the Indian Army had stated.