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As India, China meet over LAC talks today, both sides to have foreign ministry officials

India, China meet over LAC

India and China will hold its seventh round of corps-commanders discussion to deliberate on disengagement along the LAC on Monday. The situation along the border has been tense since the last five months as the previous six talks had yielded nothing in terms of disengagement.

Monday’s meeting will take place on the Indian side of the Chushul-Moldo Border Personnel Meeting Point.

Today, both the nations are trying to work out a situation of eventual de-escalation of the over five-month-long military standoff in eastern Ladakh.

From the Indian side, it will be the last meeting of Commander Lt General Harinder Singh from the XIV Corps who will head the Indian delegation. He will hand over the command to Lt General P G K Menon, who is scheduled to take over later in the week.

After completing his one-year tenure as the corps commander on October 14, Singh will move to head the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun.

This will be for the first time, both the sides will be accompanied by representatives of foreign ministries apart from the regular senior military commanders. The Indian delegation had already included a diplomat during the last meeting on September 21, but the Chinese delegation will engage a Foreign Ministry official for the first time on Monday.

Ministry of External Affairs Joint Secretary for East Asia, Naveen Srivastava, who has been representing India in the diplomatic discussions, was part of the senior military commander talks the last time, which had also included Menon, who was posted in the Army headquarters in Delhi.

According to sources in the defense establishment, the Indian army will have another senior official present in the meeting on Monday. But, despite, a top Army source said “there is no expected breakthrough of a peace deal”.

At the end of the previous meeting, both sides had issued a joint statement in which both had agreed to not send any more troops to the frontline.

The joint statement read: “Both sides have agreed to earnestly implement the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries, strengthen communication on the ground, avoid misunderstandings and misjudgments, stop sending more troops to the frontline, refrain from unilaterally changing the situation on the ground, and avoid taking any actions that may complicate the situation”.

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