India will focus on “complete disengagement” by China in Ladakh’s Edge area in a fresh round of diplomatic talks to settle down tensions along the bi country border, army sources confirmed today. As the Chinese line of control said: The Indian and Chinese armies will be holding Commander-level talks at 11 am today in Moldo.
This will be the fifth round of talks between the countries in an attempt to defuse tensions following clashes between the nations in June in the Galwan Valley that stunned the country. 20 Indian soldiers were killed in action on June 15, stoking anger against China that led to weeks of talks between senior officials on how to ease tensions.
The key focus of the fifth round of corps commander-level talks is expected to be finalizing a framework for total disengagement of troops from friction points besides timely withdrawal of forces and weapons from the bases of the two armies, the sources said.
China’s troops are still present in the Depsang Plains region, Gogra and the Fingers region along the Pangong Lake where India and China had started a mutual disengagement by creating a buffer zone between both sides, India had said.
In the past, India and China have not been able to agree on their 3,488-km long border that runs from the snow deserts of Ladakh in the western sector to thick forest and mountains in the east, despite several rounds of talks over the years.