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India, China to hold ninth round of military talks today to resolve Ladakh border standoff

India, China will be holding ninth round of Corps Commander-level talks on Sunday to discuss the situation at Line of Actual control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh. XIV Corps commander Lt General PGK Menon and  South Xinjiang Military Region commander Major General Liu Lin will be holding the discussion at Border Personnel Meeting (BPM) point in Moldo. During the talks, a representative of Ministry of External Affairs will also be present. according to reports.

India had earlier sent a memo to China following which the date of the talks was fixed. Around 50,000 troops from each side have been deployed in the region for an indefinite period while no dialogue has taken place at the senior level for a long time. The last round of military talks between the two countries was held on November 6 during which both the sides discussed disengagement of troops from specific friction points.

The standoff between India and china has entered ninth month with heavy deployment of troops from both sides. Earlier in an interview with a television channel, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had said India will not reduce its troop strength till China takes the initiative.

The tensions between the countries started flaring up when 250 soldiers from India and China had a face-off along the northern bank of the Pangong Lake. The face-off even resulted in stone-pelting around the area. The violent clashes resulted in injuries to the soldiers.

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According to officers, no major breakthrough has been achieved so far despite several round of talks as both the sides are adamant on their demands. While, China wants India to vacate the heights in the Chushul sub-sector, India has insisted that a resolution would be possible only after taking into account all the friction points.

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