The military commanders of India and China on Sunday had a discussion for the ninth time to defuse border tension along the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh.

Both India and China continue to hold bilateral talks for finding a solution to end the standoff.

The Indian Army, in the last round of talks, had strongly insisted on an early disengagement of troops by China from all points of friction in eastern Ladakh.

A media report quoted sources as saying that the military commanders’ talks on Sunday began at around 10 am at Moldo border point on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh.

It has been reported that India insisted that the onus is on China to carry forward the process of disengagement and de-escalation at the friction points in the region.

The military talks on Sunday lasted for 11 hours, said sources.

India maintains that the disengagement process has to start simultaneously at all the friction points and no selective approach was acceptable to it.

As per reports, at least 50,000 Indian Army troops are currently deployed in a high state of combat readiness in mountainous locations in eastern Ladakh in sub-zero conditions.

An equal number of troops has been deployed by China along the LAC in eastern Ladakh, the report quoted officials as saying.

Despite multiple rounds of talks being held between India and China, both sides are yet to find a final solution.

Defence minister Rajnath Singh in an interview to Times Now on Friday had said India would not reduce its troop strength unless China initiates the process.

The defence minister while expressing confidence that a solution to the row could be found through dialogues, Singh informed that India is developing its border infrastructure, some of which China has objected to, at a “very fast rate”.

“There is no deadline when it comes to matter like the ongoing standoff. You can’t fix a date,” he added.


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