The Corps Commander-level talks between India and China will be held on Sunday morning at 10.30 am in Moldo, part of China, on the LAC. So far 12 rounds of talks have been held between the two countries.
The 13th round of high-military-level talks between India and China to restore peace along the LAC in eastern Ladakh will take place on the Moldo border point on the Chinese side at 10:30 am on Sunday. In the meeting, India will insist on a complete withdrawal of the Chinese army from the remaining points of tension. Apart from this, the issue of Depsang and Demchok will also be discussed.
Negotiations lasted for 9 hours in the 12th round
On July 31, the 12th round of Corps Commander level talks between India and China was held. The talks lasted for about nine hours. In this, India had stressed the early withdrawal of army and weapons from Hot Springs, Gogra, and other tense places in eastern Ladakh. In the meeting, both sides discussed ending the military standoff in eastern Ladakh. During the discussion, India and China discussed the border dispute in detail.
On July 14, External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar had a bilateral meeting with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi. At that time, the ongoing issues regarding the LAC were discussed in this meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Conference (SCO) foreign ministers meeting in Dushanbe. Jaishankar had said that unilateral change in the situation is not acceptable under any circumstances. He had said that a complete return of peace and order is very important for the development of our relations in the border areas.
Both countries have completed the process of withdrawing their troops and weapons from the northern and southern banks of Pangong Lake. However, the start of withdrawing troops to the rest of the conflict sites is yet to begin. There has been a situation of military standoff between the two since May last year at some places in eastern Ladakh.
As long as Chinese soldiers are present on LAC, our soldiers will stand on the front: Naravane
Just a day before the meeting, the Army Chief on Saturday bluntly said that as long as the Chinese soldiers are present there, our soldiers will also stand. The army is monitoring their every move and any action will be given a befitting reply. At the same time, he also described the infiltration of terrorists from Afghanistan as a serious issue.
Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane at the India Today Conclave said, “Building infrastructure across the LAC by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China is a matter of concern, but our preparedness has also competed.” Our soldiers are ready to meet every challenge and the enemy will be given a befitting reply. He also said that if the Chinese soldiers remain on the LAC even in this winter, then there will be an LoC-like situation there too. Although the situation will not be like in Pakistan, our soldiers will stand on the front there too.
Former foreign secretary Shivshankar Menon said- ‘China’s economic development has turned the balance of power against us
Former foreign secretary Shivshankar Menon on Saturday said the balance of power in India-China relations has “shifted against us” following China’s economic growth and New Delhi will have to be “quite nimble” in the next few years amid this changing scenario. .
Menon, who served as a national security adviser and ambassador to China, referred to the escalation in tensions in eastern Ladakh last year during the India Today Conclave in New Delhi and said “militarily India knows how to deal with China”. And I don’t think Beijing has achieved what it wanted strategically.’
Asked how the current regime is dealing with China, Menon said, “Be it the current regime or the previous governments, basically we have managed the relationship.” The problem of course is that the balance of power has shifted against us.
Menon said, “When we adopted a kind of ‘live and let live’ approach during the time of Rajiv Gandhi, our economies were largely of the same size and the technological level was also the same. India was probably more integrated in the world.’ He said, ‘Now China is five times bigger in economy, technically far ahead of India…and much more integrated in the world.’
The session ‘Dragon Teeth: Is the world ready for a Chinese century’ was organized at the India Today Conclave. In the session, Menon said, ‘The balance has changed, so China’s behavior has changed because China reacts to relative behavior. So, we need to change our behaviour, and we are in the process of re-determining it.
He said that following this change in China’s behaviour, politically, India has struck an external balance with the Quad Group and other functions. “We have a lot of new friends,” Menon said, “thanks to the Chinese actions” and India is working with them.