LAC standoff: India, China hold fifth round of major-general talks

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NEW DELHI: India and China held another round of major-general level talks in eastern Ladakh on Friday in a bid to defuse the

ongoing troop confrontation

in the Galwan Valley region, even as defence minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the operational situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with the military brass in the Capital.
Sources said the major-general level dialogue at “patrolling point 14” specifically focused on the de-escalation in the Galwan Valley and Gogra-Hot Springs areas, which have already witnessed a slight pull-back of the rival troops as a confidence-building measure.
This was the fifth round of talks at this level, with the Indian delegation is being led by Leh-based

3 Infantry Division


Major General Abhijit Bapat

The much tougher resolution of the major troop confrontation on

the north bank of Pangong Tso

(Tso means lake), which remains deadlocked after Chinese troops occupied the entire area from “Finger-4 to 8”(mountainous spurs separated by a distance of 8-km), will requirea higher level of dialogue, as reported by TOI earlier.
Towards this end, another meeting is being planned between 14 Corps commander Lt-General Harinder Singh and South Xinjiang Military District chief Major General Liu Lin, on the lines of the one they held at the Chushul-Moldo border personnel meeting (BPM) point in eastern Ladakh on June 6.
India, while continuing with infrastructure development in terms of roads and bridges within its own territory, wants restoration of status quo ante as of mid-April, which was when the People’s Liberation Army began its troop build-up along the LAC before intruding into Indian territory at multiple points in eastern Ladakh as well as in the Naku La sector in north


in early-May.
The top-level meeting in

South Block

in New Delhi, attended by chief of defence staff General Bipin Rawat and the three Service chiefs, General M M Naravane, Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria and Admiral Karambir Singh, discussed the latest assessment of the ground situation and the strategy to be adopted along the LAC.
Since last month, both India and China have moved additional troops forward all along the 3,488-km from eastern Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh, as a show of strength much like was the case during the 73-day Doklam face-off near the Sikkim-Bhutan-Tibet tri-junction in June-August 2017. The major difference is that while Doklam was on Bhutanese territory, the current confrontation is on Indian territory.

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