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India, China to hold corps commander level talks in Ladakh Sunday

The meeting would be held at 1030 hours on Sunday. The meeting would be held between the Ladakh Corps Commander and Chinese South Xinjiang military district commander.

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New Delhi: India and China are scheduled to hold Corps Commander level talks at Modlo, across the LAC from Chushul, and the two sides would discuss further de-escalation, sources said.

The meeting would be held at 1030 hours on Sunday. The meeting would be held between the Ladakh Corps Commander and Chinese South Xinjiang military district commander.

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According to sources, the talks will focus on the next phase of disengagement from Hot Springs and also overall de-escalation along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh.

The two sides had discussed disengagement from the Hot Springs area earlier as well, said sources, and further progress is expected tomorrow.

India and China have so far disengaged from the areas of Pangong Tso and Gogra, however, frictions remain over the areas of Depsang and Demchok.

Meanwhile, Indian Army Chief General MM Naravane on Saturday expressed concern over the Chinese build-up, and said that it looked like they were there to stay.

He also said that Indian soldiers would stay there as well. General Naravane also expressed concern that if the Chinese side continued for another winter, the LAC may become another LoC, though not active like the western border, as India would have to continue deployment of troops there as well.

According to estimates, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has over 50,000 troops deployed along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh.

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