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India, China dialogue lasts 16 hours, focus on disengagement at 3 more friction points


LAST UPDATED: Feb. 22, 2021, 3:15 p.m.

Vibhuti Kakkar, Ladakh: The tenth round of talks between India and China was held for 16 hours at Moldo on the Chinese side of Line of Actual Control (LAC) on Sunday.

In the 10th round of discussions, the focus is clearly on the disengagement at three friction points in Eastern Ladakh, including Gogra heights and Hot Springs and Depsang plains, Indian Army sources said.

The marathon dialogue between the two sides began on Saturday at 10 am and concluded on Sunday at 2 pm. Therefore, the final round talks were held after two days of completing the disengagement process from both the North and South banks of the Pangong Tso.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), last week said that the disengagement of troops of the Indian Army and the Chinese People Liberation Army (PLA) achieved disengagement at a negotiable and diplomatic level.

“This agreement was reached after several rounds of sustained negotiations at the military and diplomatic level,” Anurag Srivastava, MEA spokesperson had said in a press briefing, further adding that the next steps post disengagement has been “clearly spelt out” by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh during his speech in the Parliament.

“India’s strategy and approach during disengagement talks with China are based on directions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that we will not allow an inch of our territory to be taken by anyone. It is a result of our firm resolve that we have reached the situation of an agreement,” Defence Minister said during a session in Parliament last week.

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Thereafter, the spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs said that no dates have been set for the working mechanism and co-ordination on the India-China border after the completion of the disengagement process.


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