India and China begin 12th round of dialogue

Lt. Gen. B.S. Raju (left) shakes hands with Chinar Corps Commander Lt. Gen. K.J.S. Dhillon as he takes as the new corps Commander, in Srinagar on March 1, 2020.   | Photo Credit: PTI

India and China on Saturday held the 12th round of Corps Commander talks at Moldo on the Chinese side. Details of its outcome are not known yet.

The talks began around 10:30 in the morning and concluded around 7:30 pm, a defence official said.

The focus of the talks has been on concluding an agreement for disengagement at Gogra and Hot Springs as part of the overall disengagement and de-escalation in Eastern Ladakh to end the standoff which began last year.

This has been one of the shortest round of Corps Commander talks, which has sometimes extended for over 16 hours. A lot of time in the talks is spent in translation, one official explained.

China had earlier suggested July 26 as a possible date for the talks but the Indian side had conveyed that the day being Kargil Vijay Diwas it would not be convenient.

While disengagement has been completed on both banks of Pangong Tso in February, other friction points that remain to be resolved are Gogra and Hot Springs, Demchok and Depsang. Buffer zones were established in some places as part of earlier talks which remain in place and the situation on the ground remains stable, one official said.

Another round of Major General level talks is also scheduled to be held very soon.

In Eastern Ladakh, India and China have two mutually agreed disputed areas, Trig Heights and Demchok, and 10 areas of differing perception.

Since the standoff last year, five additional friction points have emerged which Km 120 in Galwan area, Patrolling Point (PP) 15 and PP17 and Rechin La and Rezang La on the South Bank of Pangong Tso, as reported by The Hindu earlier.

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