Supreme Indian and Chinese commanders chaired the 12th round of military dialogues in the Ladakh sector on Saturday, which sources revealed, ended hopefully.
The dialogues between corps commander-ranked officers of the Indian Army and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) started at 10.30am at Moldo on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
Sources say forward movement can be hoped on disengaging from 2 friction points – Gogra and Hot Springs. Modalities will be exercised on how to take the process forward and a joint statement is expected on Monday.
The early round of military dialogues between the two sides happened on April 9 when the Indian Army told the PLA that disengagement at all friction points on the disputed outskirts was significant for the decline of the conflict.
Military negotiations enabled them to control the temper of both forces and have been able to stop a repeat of the Galwan-type conflict.
Further friction zones remain at Demchok and Depsang Plains.
Once the disengagement from all friction zones is complete, the withdrawal of the massive soldiers build- up along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh would be discussed, after which the duo will implement new guidelines for patrolling in these sectors.
The military dialogues happened more than two weeks after External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar firmly projected to his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi that the extension of the existing situation in eastern Ladakh was visibly influencing the bilateral ties in a “negative manner”.
In his meeting with Wang Yi on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s foreign ministers’ meet on July 14, S Jaishankar stated any unilateral amendment in the existing condition along the LAC was “not acceptable” to India and that the overall ties can only evolve after full re-establishment of of peace.