Ladakh standoff: India asks China to disengage from Hot Springs and Gogra

Ladakh standoff
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Ladakh standoff: India has asked China to disengage troops and weapons from Hot Springs, Gogra and other friction points in eastern Ladakh. India and China on Saturday held 12th round of military talks over Ladakh standoff and it lasted for around nine hours, reports said.

“Both sides held detailed deliberation and the talks were comprehensive,” News18 quoted a source in the security establishment as saying.

However, there was no official word on the outcome of the meeting, which was held at the Moldo border point on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh, as a breakthrough was expected in the process of disengagement in Gogra and Hot Springs.

What the two sides discussed?

The two sides are known to have discussed “specific details to cool tempers in the remaining friction points including moving ahead with the disengagement process and agreed to jointly maintain stability on the ground”. The talks began at 10:30 AM and ended at 7:30 PM, as per sources.

India has been pushing for an early resolution to the Ladakh standoff, with particular emphasis on an early disengagement from Hot Springs and Gogra, a source said. Before the talks, the sources said that India expected a positive outcome on the disengagement process.

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India has been insisting that solving outstanding issues, including Depsang, Hot Springs and Gogra, is essential to the overall relationship between the two countries. The latest round of talks took place after a hiatus of more than three and a half months.

Round of talks

The two sides held the eleventh round of talks on April 9 at the Chushul border post on the Indian side of LAC and lasted for approximately 13 hours.

The twelfth round of military talks were held over two weeks after External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar insisted to his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi that the extent of the current situation in eastern Ladakh was visibly affecting bilateral relations in a “negative manner”.

Ladakh standoff

The border dispute between the militaries of the two countries broke out in May 2020 after a violent clash in areas of Pangong Lake, and the two sides gradually intensified their deployment, sending tens of thousands of troops and heavy weapons.

In February, following a series of military and diplomatic talks, India and China completed the withdrawal of troops and weapons from the north and south banks of Pangong Lake in accordance with a disengagement agreement.

Currently, each side has around 50,000 to 60,000 soldiers along the LAC in the sensitive sector.

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