The talks between Indian and Chinese military commanders reportedly did not go well.

As per reports, no progress was made as both sides took potshots at each other in separate statements on Monday.

All this adds up to the continuing slide in ties between Asia’s two major powers.

The 13th round of India-China corps commander talks began with the hope that the two sides could work out further disengagement of troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh.

Ahead of the talks, there was an air of optimism on the Indian side, mainly because in July a similar situation in the PP 17 A area near India’s Gogra area had been resolved quite easily.

However, this morning’s statement dashed all such hopes.

The Chinese, it appears, took a rigid stand and there has been no forward movement on calling back troops from Patrolling Point 15, in the Hot Springs-Gogra-Kongka La area.

The military stand-off between India and China was triggered by People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers crossing the LAC and taking up positions inside Indian territory in the summer of 2020.

A year later, the pullback from all sectors has not been completed.

This has affected all aspects of bilateral ties between the two countries that once talked of together ushering in the Asian century.

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