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India-China begin talks amid stand-off on border


India and China will begin high-level talks, amid the border stand-off between the two countries near eastern Ladakh. The talks were requested by India. The Indian side will be led by Lieutenant General Harinder Singh, Commander of 14 Corps and the talks will be held at the Indian Border Point Meeting hut in Chushul-Moldo.

The Chinese side will be headed by the Commander of the Tibet Military District. The talks were necessitated as several local level talks had failed to make any headway. A news agency had quoted Indian official sources as saying that the country would press for restoration of the earlier existing state of affairs in all areas of eastern Ladakh, oppose the huge build-up of Chinese troops and ask Beijing not to oppose infrastructure development by India on its side of the de-facto border.

India had earlier accused Chinese military of hindering normal patrolling by its troops along the Line of Actual Control or LAC in Ladakh and Sikkim. Beijing on its part has accused India of trespassing across Chinese borders which resulted in escalating tension between the two armies.

China has been opposing India laying a key road in the Finger area around the Pangong Tso Lake and the construction of another road connecting the Darbuk-Shayok-Daulat Beg Oldie road in Galwan Valley.

The road is crucial for India to carry out patrol.