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India set for more talks on LAC

Aerial guard:An IAF fighter aircraft flying over a forward airbase near the India-China border on Saturday.ANIANI

Aerial guard:An IAF fighter aircraft flying over a forward airbase near the India-China border on Saturday.ANIANI  

A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surprise visit to the Union Territory of Ladakh, the government is preparing for the next round of the meeting of the ‘Special Representatives of India and China on the Boundary Question,’ as it looks for military and diplomatic measures to ease the tensions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, according to a senior Home Ministry official.

The Hindu has not been able to confirm the date of the meeting.

National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, who is India’s Special Representative, met his Chinese counterpart last on December 21, 2019, in New Delhi. It was agreed then “that an early settlement of the boundary question serves the fundamental interests of both countries”.

Mr. Modi, who spent the day in Ladakh on Friday, a first after the June 15 Galwan incident that killed 20 soldiers, had a “one-on-one” with Lt. Gen. Harinder Singh, GOC XIV ‘Fire and Fury’ Corps. Lt. Gen. Singh is leading the Corps Commander level talks with the Chinese. He has had three meetings — on June 6, 22 and 30 — with his Chinese counterpart, Maj. Gen. Liu Lin, Commander of the South Xinjiang Military region, since the build-up and the violent face-offs began in April-May.

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