Ladakh Standoff: India tells China to retreat from LAC in 9th round meeting

India and China once again held commander-level talks on Sunday after nearly two-and-a-half months of tension between the Indian Army and the People's Liberation Army (PLA) at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh.

Ladakh Standoff: India tells China to retreat from LAC in 9th round meeting
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Sanjeev Trivedi, New Delhi: India and China once again held commander-level talks on Sunday after nearly two-and-a-half months of tension between the Indian Army and the People's Liberation Army (PLA) at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh.


This was the 9th round meeting between the two countries in Moldo towards China. The purpose of this meeting was to move forward on the process of removing troops from all the confrontational locations in eastern Ladakh.


One meeting lasted for about 15 hours. It started at 10 am which lasted till 2.30 in the late night. On behalf of India, this meeting was led by Lt Gen PGK Menon, Commander of 14th Corps at Leh. In this meeting, India clearly stated that China must retreat from the points of confrontation. Earlier, the last military meeting between the two sides took place on 6 November. In which both sides had extensive talks on the withdrawal of troops from all the points of confrontation.


There has been a deadlock on the border between Indian and Chinese troops for almost eight months. There have been several rounds of diplomatic and military talks, but no major breakthrough has been achieved so far. Earlier, at the Foreign Ministry level talks on December 18, 2020, the two countries stated that they were ready to continue working towards ensuring the withdrawal of troops from all tensions along the Line of Actual Control. At the same time there was agreement on the ninth round of talks.


Last week, Army Chief General MM Narwane had said that India is committed towards resolving the issue through negotiations but the Indian Army is ready to meet any challenge. The Indian Army Chief's statement was considered a clear message to China.

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