The 10th round of talks between top commanders of the Indian Army and People’s Liberation Army (PLA), which took place on20 February to resolve the deadlock in the Ladakh sector, lasted for 16 hours. The talks were held at Moldo on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Disengagement in Depsang, Hot Springs and Gogra was reportedly remained the main agenda of the talks. Notably, the meeting took place a day after the disengagement process by the two armies on both the banks of the Pangong Lake in eastern Ladakh was completed. Moldo is the de-facto India-China border – near Chushul. It is on the South Bank of Pangong. Also Read: PLA Soldiers Crying on Way to LAC in Ladakh? Video Goes Viral Amid India-China Border Dispute.
In the last round of meeting, it was decided that the PLA troops would while the Indian troops will move to its base near Finger 3. The development was confirmed by defence minister Rajnath Singh during his speech in Parliament earlier this month. He had also said that two sides had agreed to temporarily suspend their regular patrolling activities on the north bank of Pangong Lake. India claimed its territory till Finger 8, while Chinese claim is up to finger 4 of the Panging so lake. Also Read: Rajnath Singh on India-China Standoff in Ladakh: Defence Minister Says ‘Border Dispute Unresolved, China Unilaterally Alter Status Quo’
The situation in eastern Ladakh deteriorated after around 250 Chinese and Indian soldiers were engaged in a violent face-off on the evening of May 5 Over 100 Indian and Chinese soldiers were injured in the violence. The incident in Pangong Tso was followed by a similar incident in north Sikkim on May 9.
In June last year, Indian and Chinese soldiers were engaged in a violent clash at the Galwan Valley in Ladakh. Twenty Indian Army soldiers were martyred in the clash. According to reports around 40 Chinese troops were also killed in the Galwan Valley clash. However, China officially confirmed only the death of four soldiers. In September last year, India had captured advantageous positions in the southern bank of Pangong Tso lake.