Ladakh row: India, China to hold 10th Corps Commander-level talks on February 20

Senior military commanders from India and China would meet on Saturday, February 20 for the 10th round of Corps Commander-level talks at Chushul-Moldo border point at eastern Ladakh to chalk out disengagement strategies from other friction points such as Gogra, Hot Springs and Depsang Plains.

The two nations have decided to carry on with the military commander level dialogue after the Indian Army and Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) have withdrawn the troops and machinery completely from southern and northern banks of the 135 km-long Pangong Tso lake. Both sides also carried out verification regarding this. Sources indicated that during Saturday’s talks, India will insist on faster disengagement in remaining areas to bring down the tension in the region, which has witnessed a tense standoff between the two militaries for over nine months. Though the talks would focus on all the remaining flashpoints, a resolution to the Depsang crisis is unlikely at this point. The disengagement process at North and South of Pangong Tso was started on February 11.

The two countries have had a stand-off along the LAC since April-May due to the actions of the Chinese Army and have held several rounds of military as well as diplomatic talks.