India-China border dispute: Third round of Lt General level talks between the two countries

India-China border dispute: Third round of Lt General level talks between the two countries

New Delhi. The third round of talks at the Lieutenant General level between India and China forces on Tuesday was to finalize the modalities to repel troops from the conflict zones of eastern Ladakh. Government sources said the talks took place on Indian soil in the Chushul sector near the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh. In the first two rounds of negotiations, the Indian side emphasized the restoration of the status quo and the immediate withdrawal of Chinese troops from Galvan Valley, Pangong So and other areas. For the past seven weeks, the forces of India and China have been face to face in many places in eastern Ladakh. Tension has intensified after 20 Indian military personnel were martyred in the conflict on 15 June in the Galvan Valley.

The Chinese side also suffered casualties, but it has not given information about it. In the talks between the two sides on 22 June, there was a "mutual agreement" on the "retreat" at all tensions in eastern Ladakh. The first two rounds of talks were held in Moldo on Chinese land near LAC. The Indian delegation was led by Lieutenant General Harinder Singh, the commander of the 14th Corps, while the Chinese side was led by Major General Liu Lin of the Tibet Military District. Following the violence in the Galvan Valley, the government has given the armed forces "complete liberty" to respond to any "lashing out" of China with LAC. The army has sent thousands of additional forces to the forward locations near the border in the last two weeks. 

The Air Force has also kept air defense systems, fighter aircraft and helicopters ready at important air bases. In the first round of talks held on June 6 at the level of Lieutenant General, the two sides agreed to gradually repel forces from points where there is a stand-off between the forces of the two countries. However, after the conflict in the Galvan valley, the situation deteriorated and both sides increased the deployment of their troops in areas adjoining the LAC. On May 5 and 6, about 250 soldiers from both countries clashed in the Pangong So area of ​​eastern Ladakh. On May 9, Indian and Chinese soldiers clashed near Naku La Pass in Sikkim sector.