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India and China have been at a standoff for three years on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh. The armies of both the countries have put up a barricade there. So far, 15 military commander level talks have been held between the two countries for the withdrawal of troops from the area and to maintain peace. The worrying thing is that this time the gap of discussion has become longer.
The 15th round of talks between the Indian Army and the PLA of China was held on 11 March. Nearly 4 months have passed since then, with no new round of talks. On Thursday, there was a meeting between External Affairs Minister Jaishankar and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. In this, Jaishankar stressed on resolving all outstanding issues including the border dispute through talks. Yi has also agreed to this. Jaishankar had also raised the issue of return and air flights of Indian students studying in China with Li.
Jaishankar and Chinese Foreign Minister Yi also agreed that it is necessary to find a mutually acceptable solution to the points of confrontation on the Line of Actual Control. According to sources close to the standoff, Jaishankar pressured Yi to complete the withdrawal of troops to restore peace in the border areas.
Talks will continue between the two countries
According to sources related to the issue, the talks between the two countries are not broken and will continue. The 16th round of talks is yet to be decided, but this time it is a bit late compared to the previous interval. India-China relations are also being affected due to the standoff on the LAC. This May 2022 has been three years since the standoff. A complete solution to the dispute has not been found. However, the armies of both the countries have withdrawn from some border areas.
how many rounds of talks took place
Since June 2020, 15 rounds of military talks have been held between the two countries. There were eight rounds of talks in 2020. After this, there have been five rounds of talks in 2021 and two rounds of talks in the last six months of 2022.
60 thousand soldiers still deployed
The armies of India and China are still face to face in many areas of Eastern Ladakh. Nearly 60,000 soldiers from both the countries are stationed around the LAC in Ladakh, despite the withdrawal of troops from areas like Galwan Valley, Pangong Tso and Gogra-Hot Springs. According to a former military official, the delay in the next round of talks indicates that there are some differences between the two sides. It is not easy to resolve these differences.
Chinese aircraft violated airspace
One day in the last week of June, at around 4 in the morning, a Chinese army plane took off and increased the tension. The soldiers stationed here saw it and the indigenous radar stationed in the border area also caught it. Sources said the Indian Air Force became active soon after the possible airspace violation was detected. India has strongly objected to this. Sources clarified that the incident was not very serious, but such incidents should be avoided by the other side as it could escalate such cases.