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India, China to hold 9th round of corps commander level military talks on Sunday

India, China military-level talks end on positive trajectory.

New Delhi, January 23: Amid the ongoing border row at the Line of Actual Control (LAC), India and China will hold the 9th round of corps commander level military talks on Sunday (January 24, 2021) to yield concrete outcome to resolve the standoff in Eastern Ladakh.

The military talks between the two nuclear-powered countries will likely begin at around 9.30 AM in Moldo, which is opposite the Chushul sector on the Indian side of the border.

The latest round of talks will take place after more than two months as the last time they had met to resolve the dispute was in November 2020.

The border standoff that started in April/May in 2020, intensified after the Galwan valley incident in June where 20 Indian soldiers were killed in action and an undisclosed number of China’s People Liberation Army troops also died in the man-to-man combat.

Back in November 2020, the last corps commander level talks witnessed ‘both sides agreeing to earnestly implement the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries, and to ensure their frontline troops to exercise restraint and avoid misunderstanding and miscalculation.

India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had said, “India and China agreed to maintain dialogue and communication through military and diplomatic channels and taking forward the discussions at this meeting, push for the settlement of other outstanding issues, so as to jointly maintain peace and tranquillity in the border areas. India and China also agreed to have another round of meeting soon.”

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