In the seventh round of high-level military talks with China on Monday, India will insist on the full withdrawal of troops by China from the points of confrontation in eastern Ladakh. Government sources gave this information. Sources said that talks will begin at 12 noon in Chushul towards India on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh.
Sources said the agenda of the talks would be to prepare a roadmap for the withdrawal of troops from all the confrontational points in eastern Ladakh. Top ministers and military officials of the China Study Group (CSG) reviewed the situation in East Ladakh on Friday and discussed key issues to be raised in the talks to be held on Monday.
The CSG comprises Foreign Minister S Jaishankar, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Chief of Defense Staff General Bipin Rawat, besides the three army chiefs. Sources said that India would strongly oppose any demand from China for the withdrawal of Indian troops from several strategic positions on the southern shore of Pangong Lake.
India believes that the process of withdrawal of troops from all the collision points should begin simultaneously. A source said, “India will insist on a complete withdrawal of troops from all points of collision.”
The Indian delegation will be led by Lieutenant General Harinder Singh, commander of the 14 Corps of Indian Army at Leh and will include Lt Gen PGK Menon and Joint Secretary (East Asia) in the Ministry of External Affairs Naveen Srivastava and others.
The two sides announced some decisions following the previous round of military talks on 21 September, including not sending more troops to the front, avoiding unilaterally changing the ground situation, and refraining from further complicating things. is.