Talks between Indian and Chinese military delegates over the disengagement in Eastern Ladakh at various friction points lasted for 13 hours.
The Indian delegation at Saturday's talks will be led by Lt Gen PGK Menon, the Commander of the Leh-based 14 Corps while the Chinese side is expected to be headed by Maj Gen Liu Lin, the commander of the South Xinjiang military district of the People's Liberation Army (PLA).
China has officially confirmed that People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops were killed in clash with Indian soldiers in Galwan valley of Ladakh last year.
While addressing a press conference from Congress headquarters in Delhi, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said the PM has "not fulfilled the responsibility of protecting India's territory" and has instead ceded territory to China.
The frontline troops of China and India at the south and north banks of the Pangong Lake in eastern Ladakh started synchronised and organised disengagement from Wednesday, the Chinese Defence ministry spokesperson announced here.
Jaishankar said that India-China relationship is at crossroads and choices that are made will have profound repercussions not just for two nations but for world.
India and China are engaged in talks to resolve the border standoff along the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh.
Indian and Chinese militaries will hold a ninth round of talks aimed at resolving the border disputes in Eastern Ladakh after a deadlock prevailed since the last negotiations in November 2020, sources said.
The Chief of Army staff said he was hopeful that India and China will be able to reach an agreement for disengagement and de-escalation based on an approach of mutual and equal security.
The armies of India and China are locked in a tense border standoff in eastern Ladakh since early May.
Nearly six months after a standoff at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh, India and China have reportedly agreed to withdraw their troops from forward positions and will "dismantle any new structures that have come up during the ongoing standoff since April-May this year in the Pangong lake area".
Springing in a major development amid longstanding Indo-Sino tensions, India and China have agreed upon a three-step disengagement plan.
After the standoff that lasted more than six months in eastern Ladakh, it seems India and China are close to a breakthrough over disengagement on the Line of Actual Control (LAC), news agency ANI reported quoting defence sources.
Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said that India has dealt with the 'worst crisis' in decades along its border with China with firmness and maturity despite facing the challenge of the coronavirus pandemic.
Indian and Chinese military commanders will meet for the eighth time next week to deliberate on resolving the border dispute in eastern Ladakh, after all earlier rounds of talks ended up in deadlock with no sign of de-escalation at the Line of Actual Control even as the winter is setting in.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hit out at China saying the time has come to accept that dialogue and agreements will not persuade Beijing to Change.
India on Tuesday rejected China's claims on the position of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, and said it has never accepted the so-called unilaterally defined 1959 Line of Actual Control, and that the county's position has been consistent and well known to all including China.
External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar is likely to meet Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on Thursday, during the ongoing SCO foreign ministers' meeting in Russia, amid India-China tension at the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
India is in a strong position in hill-top areas of Finger 4 and Finger 5 near the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with the presence of more soldiers than Chinese troops after Indian Forces foiled multiple attempts by the Chinese army to transgress into the Indian side of the LAC and unilaterally change the status quo.
India-China border tension: In a significant development, Indian security forces once again today (Tuesday, Sep 1) foiled an attempt by the Chinese Army to transgress into the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the general area of Chumar.