China-India border tension: 10th round of military talks

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LADAKH, 21 February, 2021, (TON): India and China hold talks on expanding the disengagement process in eastern Ladakh at the 10th round of the military talks. The 10th round of Corps Commander-level talks comes two days after the militaries of both the nations completed the withdrawal of forces.  

The Corps Commander-level talks at the Moldo border point on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control began at around 10 am on Saturday and ended at 2 am on Sunday, Indian media reported. 

The focus of the talks was to take forward the disengagement process in friction points like Hot Springs, Gogra and Depsang in eastern Ladakh. 

However, there was no official word on the talks so far. 

The talks took place two days after both militaries concluded withdrawal of troops and weapons from North and South banks of Pangong Tso in the high-altitude region. 

Pangong Tso is in the disputed territory while the Line of Actual Control passes through the lake. A section of the lake approximately 20 km east from the LAC is controlled by China but claimed by India. 

On February 11, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh announced in Parliament that India and China agreed on disengaging troops from north and south of the Pangong Lake in eastern Ladakh.  

The Indian delegation at Saturday's talks was led by Lt Gen PGK Menon, the Commander of the Leh-based 14 Corps. 

The two sides have held de-escalation talks since hand to and fighting, the latest 10th round of Corps Commander-level talks held on Sunday following  9th round held after the gap of over two-and-half months. 

Tensions on the border are high as both sides claim large areas of territory. 

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