Binoo Joshi

JK News Today

Jammu, July 13:

As a sequel to the Special Representative on border question level talks on July 5 between Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, the fourth round of talks at the military commander level talks will resume tomorrow.

The talks will be held in Chushul on the Indian side of the LAC. Earlier, these talks were held in Chushul-Moldo on the Chinese side.

The Corps Commanders will review the situation obtaining since the start of the pullback of troops of both sides.

The July 5 talks between Doval and Wang Yi have changed the atmosphere for the better in the whole region. The mood ahead of the talks is positive. This positivity and optimism have been created by the July 5 talks and the subsequent pull back by the troops.

This is going to be the fourth -round of talks at the Commander Level – but the first since the special on border question video conference on July 5 that brought about the takeoff point for the pullback on July 6, which is still continuing.

Chinese troops have retreated by at least 2 kms in Galwan Valley , the scene of the violent clashes of June 15/ 16 in which 20 Indian soldiers, including a Commanding officer were killed, the Chinese are maintaining a silence over the number of casualties , though it is believed that PLA suffered quite a number of deaths and injuries in the deadly clashes.

Sources said that the Indian talks will be led by Lt. Gen. Harinder Singh, Corps Commander of 14 corps, responsible for guarding the frontiers along with ITBP in Ladakh, while Major General Liu Lin will represent the Chinese sides.

The focus of the talks would be on the future steps in the light of their previous rounds of talks, and the outcome on the ground. The delegations would also share maps with each other about their existing locations in Galwan Valley, Hot Springs and Pangong Tso.

Sources said that the atmosphere has eased ever since the start of the pull back and the condition for talks are better and favourable for the talks than the previous three rounds of Corps Commander level talks held last month.