9th India-China Corps Commander-level talks end after 15 hours
The ninth round of India-China Corps Commander-level talks at the Moldo meeting point on the Chinese side concluded at 2:30 AM on Monday.
The meeting lasted for more than 15 hours. The negotiating team is expected to brief the Army headquarters and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh later today. A formal statement is expected thereafter.
The negotiations happened at a time when both sides have withdrawn a certain number of soldiers due to winter, but have set up permanent defences.
The Indian delegation was led by 14 Corps Commander Lieutenant General PGK Menon. A joint secretary from the External Affairs Ministry also attended the meeting.
The last meeting held on November 6, 2020, at Chushul on the Indian side culminated inconclusively.
In June last year, the standoff led to a violent clash between two armed forces in Galwan valley, wherein 20 Indian soldiers were killed while China also suffered massive casualties but they never revealed their numbers.
During its virtual weekly press briefing, the Ministry of External Affairs said, “India and China continue to maintain close communication through diplomatic and military channels with the objective of ensuring complete disengagement in all friction points along the LAC in the western sector and for full restoration of peace and tranquillity.”
Besides military-level talks, the two counties also continue the diplomatic round of talks through Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination.
The last round of WMCC took place on December 18, 2020.