India, China agree to maintain stability at LAC, avoid any new incidents

India and China agreed to resolve the outstanding issues related to disengagement at various friction points in Eastern Ladakh during eleventh round of military-level talks.

The latest round of India-China Corps Commander level meeting was held at Chushul-Moldo border point on April 9 and the talks lasted for about 13 hours. The parleys began at around 10:30 am and ended at 11:30 pm.

The meeting was focused on how to take forward the disengagement process in the remaining friction points such as Hot Springs, Gogra and Depsang in eastern Ladakh.

The Indian military delegation was led by Lieutenant General PGK Menon, Commander of the 14 Corps based in Leh.

"The two sides had a detailed exchange of views for the resolution of the remaining issues related to disengagement along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh and agreed on the need to resolve the outstanding issues in an expeditious manner in accordance with the existing agreements and protocols," the government said on Saturday.

During the meeting, it was highlighted that completion of disengagement in other areas would pave the way for both sides to consider de-escalation of forces and ensure full restoration of peace and tranquility and enable progress in bilateral relations. 

Both India and China agreed that it was important to take guidance from the consensus of their leaders, continue their communication and dialogue and work towards a mutually acceptable resolution of the remaining issues at the earliest.

They also agreed to jointly maintain stability on the ground, avoid any new incidents and jointly maintain peace in the border areas.

On February 20, 2021 Indian and Chinese military held the 10th round of military dialogue to deescalate tension at the LAC.

The border standoff between the armies of India and China erupted on May 5 last following a violent clash in the Pangong lake areas in eastern Ladakh and both sides gradually enhanced their deployment by rushing in tens of thousands of soldiers as well as heavy weaponry.

As a result of a series of military and diplomatic talks, the two sides completed withdrawal of troops and weapons from the North and South banks of Pangong lake in February in line with an agreement on disengagement.

India has been insisting that a resolution of outstanding issues including in Depsang, Hot Springs and Gogra is essential for overall ties between the two countries.

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