New Delhi, Jan 10: Amid the India-China border standoff, the 14th round of highest military commander level talks will take place at the Chushul-Moldo meeting point on the Chinese side on January 12 morning. The discussions between the two neighboring countries will focus on the resolution of the remaining issues along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh.
Reports suggest that the Indian side is looking forward to constructive dialogue to resolve the balance friction areas. The Indian side is expected to discuss disengagement as soon as possible in all the remaining friction points including resolution of issues in Depsang Bulge and Demchok.
The 13th round of talks had taken place on October 10. But nothing could be achieved in that meeting as China did not agree to suggestions made by India. Soon after that, in their virtual diplomatic talks in November, India and China agreed to hold the 14th round of military talks at an early date to achieve the objective of complete disengagement in remaining friction points in eastern Ladakh.
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The eastern Ladakh border standoff between the Indian and Chinese militaries erupted on May 5, 2020, following a violent clash in the Pangong lake areas. Both sides gradually enhanced their deployment by rushing in tens of thousands of soldiers as well as heavy weaponry.
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As a result of a series of military and diplomatic talks, the two sides completed the disengagement process last year in the north and south banks of the Pangong lake and in the Gogra area. According to the reports, each side currently has around 50,000 to 60,000 troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the sensitive sector.
Apart from these issues, China in October, has passed a new land law for the "protection and exploitation of the country’s land border areas". Responding to this, India stated that border law is a concern to India and it could unilaterally alter the situation in the India-China border areas.