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Next round of India, China talks this month: Army chief

The previous round of negotiations took place in August, following which both countries' soldiers retreated from the Gogra heights. He also stated that China's PLA had stationed many troops near the Ladakh region's LAC.

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New Delhi, First Published Oct 2, 2021, 7:12 PM IST
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The Corps Commanders of India and China would convene their 13th round of talks this month to further withdraw from the remaining regions, Indian Army Chief Gen MM Naravane said on Saturday. The previous round of negotiations took place in August, following which both countries' soldiers retreated from the Gogra heights. He also stated that China's PLA had stationed many troops near the Ladakh region's LAC.

"China has deployed in significant numbers throughout Eastern Ladakh and the Northern front, all the way up to our Eastern command. Certainly, there has been a rise in their deployment in the forward regions, which remains a source of concern for us," Gen Naravane informed a media person.

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"We keep a close eye on all of their actions. We are also carrying out corresponding advancements in terms of facilities as well as soldiers that are required to confront any danger based on the information we get. At present, we are fully prepared to deal with any eventuality," he added.

He also stated that the disengagement would take place through discussion. He was in Ladakh for two days to assess the security environment and the force's operational readiness. On Mahatma Gandhi's 152nd birth anniversary, Gen Naravane also attended the installation of the world's largest "Khadi national flag" in Leh.

Earlier, India had denied China's accusations that the Galwan valley crisis occurred because New Delhi broke all treaties and accords, encroached on Chinese land illegally, and crossed the boundary.

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Rejecting Beijing's accusations, External Affairs Ministry spokeswoman Arindam Bagchi stated that New Delhi's view on developments along the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh last year was clear and consistent. China's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Zhao Lijian stated that the Galwan Valley incident occurred because India broke all agreed agreements and treaties and encroached on Chinese land, unlawfully crossing the boundary.

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