Eastern Ladakh standoff: India, China hold top-level military talks in Moldo

India-China LAC talks today LIVE updates: Top military commanders hold talks to defuse tensions along LAC

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Ministry of External Affairs Joint Secretary, East Asia, Naveen Srivastava spoke to the Director General in the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Wu Jianghao via video conference.

Before the talks began, the Army issued an advisory to the media that both sides remained engaged through established military and diplomatic channels "to address the current situation in the India-China border areas" and speculation would not be helpful.

The South Asian nation, at a meeting of senior defence officials from both sides yesterday, would also offer to remove construction done at the border last month and revert to the level of military deployment as of April, as long as China reciprocates, the officials said, asking not to be identified.

The military dialogue follows talks at the diplomatic level on Friday during which both countries agreed to handle their "differences" through peaceful discussions while respecting each other's sensitivities and concerns.

In the Finger area in Pangong Tso, India carries out patrol.

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And even as India does not expect an immediate concrete outcome from the single Saturday's meet, the government considers it important as the high-level military dialogue between the two could pave the way for a negotiated settlement of the tense standoff. The standoff was at the India-China-Bhutan tri-junction Doklam. The military leadership made a decision to adopt a firm the approach in dealing with the aggressive posturing by the Chinese troops in areas which are under dispute including Pangong Tso, Galwan Valley, Demchok and Daulat Beg Oldie.

The Chinese army is learnt to have deployed around 2,500 troops in Pangong Tso and Galwan Valley besides gradually enhancing temporary infrastructure and weaponry.

China has also enhanced its presence in certain areas along the LAC in Northern Sikkim and Uttarakhand following which India has also been increasing its presence by sending additional troops, they said.

Also, the construction of another road connecting the Darbuk-Shayok-Daulat Beg Oldie road in Galwan Valley upset the Chinese.

Both countries are engaging in dialogue to resolve the stand-off in Eastern Ladakh region, particularly at north bank of Pangong Tso lake where the Chinese People's Liberation Army has attempted to change status quo.

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The two sides have held close to a dozen rounds of talks since the first week of May when the Chinese sent over 5,000 troops along the LAC.

The Chinese Army has been gradually ramping up its strategic reserves in its rear bases near the LAC by rushing in artillery guns, infantry combat vehicles and heavy military equipment, the sources said.

Despite Chinese protests, India has already chose to carry on the development of infrastructure projects in eastern Ladakh. India says China occupies 38,000sq km (14,67sq miles) of its territory in the Aksai Chin plateau in the western Himalayas, including part of the Ladakh region.

In all, China claims some 90,000sq km (34,750sq miles) of territory in India's northeast.

The reasons for the current tensions remain unclear, but India's decision previous year to bring Kashmir under direct federal control drew an angry response from China, similar to that of neighbouring Pakistan, which has close ties with Beijing.

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