India-China 12th round of military talks inconclusive; dialogue to continue

The 12th round high-level military talks between India and China remained inconclusive with both the sides agreed to maintain the momentum of dialogues and negotiations. The Corps Commander-level meeting was held on Saturday at the Chushul-Moldo border meeting point on the Indian side. 

“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,” said a joint press release issued on Monday. It claimed the meeting was constructive, which further enhanced mutual understanding.

“They agreed to resolve the remaining issues in an expeditious manner in accordance with the existing agreements and protocols and maintain the momentum of dialogue and negotiations,” the statement said.

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, it said.

The 12th round of military talks took place over two weeks 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”.

The two foreign ministers had held a one-hour bilateral meeting on the sidelines of a conclave of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Tajik capital city Dushanbe on July 14.

The latest round of military-level talks took place after a gap of more than three and a half months. The 11th round of military dialogue had taken place on April 9 at the Chushul border point on the Indian side of the LAC and it lasted for around 13 hours.

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