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Indian and Chinese commanders meet in Moldo; disengagement from Gogra and Hot Springs on agenda

The 12th round of top commanders-level talks between India and China are underway at Moldo on the Chinese side in the Ladakh region.

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Ladakh, First Published Jul 31, 2021, 11:50 AM IST
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The 12th round of top commanders-level talks between India and China are underway at Moldo on the Chinese side in the Ladakh region. The meeting is focused on the disengagement from Gogra and Hot Springs. 

The Indian side in the meeting is being led by Leh-based XIV Corps (also known as Fire & Fury Corps) chief Lt Gen PGK Menon and External Affairs Ministry Additional Secretary (East Asia) Naveen Srivastava. The Chinese side is being represented by Xu Qiling, Commander of the PLA's Western Theatre Command. 

Qiling was appointed earlier this month, and this is his first meeting on the issue.

On Friday, a defence source had told Asianet Newsable said that the consensus is expected on disengagement from Gogra and Hot Springs in Eastern Ladakh. So far, the troops of two neighbouring countries have disengaged from both banks of the Pangong Tso river. That disengagement happened in February this year.

After Friday's talks, a Major General-level dialogue is also scheduled to be held.

Armed forces of the two countries have been engaged in border faceoff at multiple locations in Eastern Ladakh since May last year. 

The two forces had a violent faceoff in the Galwan Valley in June last year. A total of 20 Indian soldiers were killed in the clash. The Chinese PLA, too, suffered heavy casualties but officially accepted only four deaths. 

Besides 11 rounds of Corps Commanders-level talks, India and Chinese officials have also held 10 Major General-level, 55 Brigadiers-level talks and 1450 hotline calls.

The 11th round of military dialogue was held at Chushul on April 9.

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