The 11th round of Corps Commander-level talks between India and China lasted for around 13 hours on Friday
India and China on Friday held their 11th round of disengagement talks at the Corps Commander level over the Ladakh standoff, with Gogra heights, Hot Springs and Depsang Plains once again being at the core of the discussion.
After having successfully disengaged in the Pangong Tso lake area near the Line of Actual Control (LAC), both countries held constructive dialogue for disengagement from the remaining friction points of Gogra, Hot Springs and Depsang, Army sources informed.
The meeting reportedly lasted for around 13 hours on Friday and concluded at 11:30 pm. The fresh round of dialogue began around 10:30 am at the Chushul border point on the Indian side of the LAC in eastern Ladakh. The Indian delegation on Friday was led by Lieutenant General PGK Menon, the Commander of the Leh-based 14 Corps.
Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane gave the credit for disengagement to all the stakeholders, and also said that the country hugely benefitted from the inputs given by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. The 10th round of the military-level talks took place on February 20, just two days after both the militaries concluded the fallback of troops and weapons from the North and South banks of Pangong Tso.
The two countries have been engaged in a fierce military standoff for nearly a year, but disengaged from the highly contentious Pangong Tso lake area in March after extensive discussions at both military and political levels.
The LAC standoff began on May 5 last year after a violent clash near the Pangong Tso lake area, with both sides then gradually enhancing their deployment by rushing in tens of thousands of troops as well as heavy weaponry.
“We would like to see disengagement in the remaining areas which would lead to de-escalation in eastern Ladakh and that would hopefully lead to restoration of peace and tranquility and provide conditions for progress of our overall bilateral relationship,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said on Thursday.