Indian, Chinese military commanders are back at the LAC talks table today

More than two-and-a-half months after they last met, Indian and Chinese military commanders will sit across the table Sunday to try and make headway in talks over the situation along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh where thousands of troops have been in a faceoff since May 2020.

XIV Corps commander Lt General PGK Menon and South Xinjiang Military Region commander Major General Liu Lin are to meet Sunday morning at the Border Personnel Meeting (BPM) point in Moldo on the Chinese side of the LAC near Chushul.

Sources said the meeting has been scheduled following word from China on a memo that India sent. With 50,000 troops of each army deployed in the region for an indefinite period and no dialogue at the senior level, the two sides have been working the hotlines and other mechanisms to prevent any untoward incident on the ground. India has returned two PLA soldiers who strayed across the LAC.

A representative of the Ministry of External Affairs will also be at the talks Sunday. MEA Joint Secretary (East Asia) Naveen Srivastava, leading the Indian side in meetings of the Working Mechanism for Consultation & Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC), has also been attending the military discussions.

While the military commanders last met on November 6, the last round of diplomatic talks via the WMCC took place on December 18.

For weeks after the standoff began last May, when the Chinese came in 8 km west of the point that India says marks the LAC on…

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