The Pangong Lake had been the focus of the tussle between India and China amid the border standoff in eastern Ladakh over the past 11 months. Disengagement between the two countries’ troops on the northern bank of Pangong Lake occurred in February after both sides reached consensus in the ninth round of talks between the military commanders.
Nearly two months after the Indian Army and China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) reached a consensus to withdraw troops from Pangong Lake, the commanders of the two countries will meet again on Friday to discuss the border stand-off at sites such as the Depsang Plains, Demchok, Gogra and Hot Springs.
Indian Army sources have revealed that officials from the Chinese and Indian armies will meet at Chushul in India’s Ladakh for the 11th round of military talks.
India has already clarified its position in the previous rounds of talks that the country would agree to de-escalation only if it is “simultaneous” with the other side and mutual security concerns are tackled in areas such as Depsang, Demchok, Gogra and Hot Springs.
Indian foreign minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar pointed out to his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi that a prolongation of the situation is in “neither side’s interest”.
“We therefore hope that the Chinese side will work with us to ensure that disengagement in the remaining areas is completed at the earliest possible opportunity. This would allow both sides to consider de-escalation of forces…