12th round of India-China Corps Commander level meeting

August 2, 2021 Photo(s): By @DrSJaishankar / Twitter

The 12th round of India-China Corps Commander Level Meeting was held at the Chushul-Moldo border meeting point on the Indian side on July 31, 2021 and was led by Lt General PGK Menon, the Commander of the 14 Corps from the Indian side. It is understood that Major General Liu- a gunner, appears to be the principal Chinese interlocutor who is involved in not only disengagement but also de-escalation talks through marathon meetings at Moldo and Chushul. It is his troops that are locked in a stand-off which the Indian Army at Kugrang River, Gogra and Pangong Tso. This round of meeting was held following the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of India and People’s Republic of China on July 14 in Dushanbe and the 22nd meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC) held on June 25.

The two sides had a candid and in-depth exchange of views on resolution of remaining areas related to disengagement along the Line of Actual Control in the Western Sector of India-China border areas. The two sides noted that this round of meeting was constructive, which further enhanced mutual understanding. They agreed to resolve these remaining issues in an expeditious manner in accordance with the existing agreements and protocols and maintain the momentum of dialogue and negotiations. The two sides also agreed that in the interim they will continue their effective efforts in ensuring stability along the LAC in the Western Sector and jointly maintain peace and tranquillity. The meeting lasted for nine hours. The Indian side pressed for early resolution of the standoff and particularly insisted on expeditious disengagement in Depsang, Hot Springs and Gogra which is essential for the peaceful ties between the two countries. The 11th round of talks had earlier taken place on April 9 and lasted for around 13 hours.

DR. S JAISHANKAR CONCLUDED A ONE-HOUR BILATERAL MEETING WITH FOREIGN MINISTER WANG YI OF CHINA ON THE SIDELINES OF DUSHANBE SCO FOREIGN MINISTERS MEETING.

A hotline has also been established between Indian Army in Kongra La, North Sikkim and PLA at Khamba Dzong in Tibetan Autonomous Region to further the spirit of trust and cordial relations along the borders. This coincided with the PLA Day on August 1, 2021.

India and China have already disengaged from the banks of Pangong lake after 11 rounds of talks at corps commander level.

The 12th round of military talks took place after External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar firmly conveyed to his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi that the prolongation of the existing situation in eastern Ladakh was visibly impacting the bilateral ties in a "negative manner".