India-China finally agree on resolving outstanding Ladakh border issues

India-China finally agree on resolving outstanding Ladakh border issues
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Both Indian and Chinese sides have agreed to a speedy resolution of outstanding issues on the Line of Actual Control (LAC). This comes after the 12th round of military talks held in the Ladakh sector in July-end.

The recent dialogue focuses on the disengagement of rival troops from the remaining flashpoints at the border. Finally, China and India will now see border tensions reduced after a long time.

It seems both the countries are inching towards working out a disengagement plan for Hot Springs and Gogra. The 12th round of military talks took place at Moldo on the Chinese side of the LAC and went on for nine hours.

The joint statement described the talks as ‘a candid and in-depth exchange of views on resolution of remaining areas related to disengagement along the LAC in the Western Sector of India-China border areas.’

The neighbouring countries will resolve these issues in accordance with the existing agreements and protocols.

India and China have been locking horns over the common border that they share. The last 15 months have seen a phase that witnessed a deadly skirmish in the Galwan Valley.

It saw tensions spiral between the rival armies on the north and south banks of Pangong Tso last year.

The two armies began talks to resolve the border tensions in June 2020. The talks led to the disengagement of front-line troops and weaponry from the Pangong Tso sector in mid-February.

Deployments have not thinned after the disengagement from Pangong Tso. The Indian Army’s patrolling activity has been affected in Hot Springs and Gogra due to the Chinese presence.

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