India and China hold ninth round of Line of Actual Control talks

25 January 2021 (Last Updated January 25th, 2021 11:39)

India and China have held the ninth round of India-China Corps Commander Level Meeting at Moldo.

India and China have held the ninth round of India-China Corps Commander Level Meeting at Moldo.

The latest talks are part of the efforts of both the armies to ease tensions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh and find a solution to end the standoff.

Hindustan Times reported that the military dialogue lasted for 15 hours.

However, the outcome of the meeting is not yet known, the publication said citing officials aware of the development.

One of the officials was quoted as saying: “The ground situation remains as it was in August-September (when the Indian Army took control of key heights on the southern bank of Pangong Tso). The military dialogue alone is unlikely to yield results. Diplomatic efforts will have to progress simultaneously.”

Another official added: “Neither side is willing to vacate the positions held by them. It seems unlikely that the standoff will be resolved in the short term. However, talks will go on as it is important not to break communication.”

The Indian Armed Forces and the Chinese counterparts have been engaged in a border stand-off near Ladakh since May.

Since then, both sides have carried out several rounds of talks over the following months with the eighth round held in November last year.

Meanwhile, the Indian and Chinese soldiers have reportedly clashed at Naku La in north Sikkim border area of India.

According to media reports, the clash took place last week and the situation is under control.