Round 13 of Military Talks Between India and China Ends in Stalemate
By: Karnika Rana
The thirteenth round of talks between Indian and Chinese military commanders over the eastern Ladakh standoff has ended in yet another stalemate. The meeting was held on October 10 at the Chushul - Moldo border point on the Chinese side of the LAC in eastern Ladakh, and the talks lasted for around eight-and-half hours, according to a Greater Kashmir report.
The main focus of the talks was the resolution of the remaining issues along with the LAC in eastern Ladakh. Last year in June, there was a violent clash between the two countries in the same area. The Indian delegation was led by Lt Gen PGK Menon, the Commander of the Leh-based 14 Corps. Maj Gen Zhao Zhidan headed the Chinese side.
"The Indian side pointed out that the situation along the LAC had been caused by unilateral attempts of the Chinese side to alter the status quo and in violation of the bilateral agreements," the Army was quoted by Business Standard. On the other hand, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Zhao Lijian alleged that the Indian statement has "no factual basis" and that the Chinese side made great efforts to ease the border situation, according to Economic Times.
The Indian side pointed a strong statement that stated that China was not agreeable to any of the proposals. The Indian side, therefore, made constructive suggestions, but the Chinese side was not agreeable and could also not propose any further looking recommendations.
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