India and China will hold the 12th Corps Commander-level meet on the Ladakh standoff at 10.30 am on July 31. The meeting will be held at Moldo on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The two sides are expected to discuss disengagement from the Hot Springs and Gogra Heights areas in eastern Ladakh, Indian Army sources said.
The added that the Indian side has made it clear that it would agree for de-escalation only if it is simultaneous and withdrawal of troops is equal. Besides this, the measures should address mutual security concerns. The two countries have been engaged in a military standoff for almost a year. India and China have already disengaged from the banks of Pangong lake after extensive talks at the military and political levels and the Gogra Heights and Hot Springs areas are left to be resolved as these friction points were created post-Chinese aggression last year. On July 22, Spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Arindam Bagchi said External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar in his recent meeting with his Chinese counterpart agreed that the next round of the military commander-level talks should be convened “at the earliest”. “12th round of Corps Commander level talks between India and China to be held in Moldo on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control around 10:30 am. India and China expected to discuss disengagement from the Hot Springs and Gogra Heights areas,” Indian Army sources said.
The credit for the disengagement was given to all stakeholders by Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane who also talked about the country benefitting from the inputs given by the National Security Advisor Ajit Doval during the crisis.