New Delhi: As stand-offs persist at some friction points at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh, India and China will hold the 14th round of military level talks on January 12 to speed up the process of disengagement of troops.

The talks come in the backdrop of both the countries reiterating time and again that dialogue at the military and diplomatic levels is only way out to reduce tension at the LAC persisting for nearly two years now. The last round of talks between the Corps Commanders of the two armies was held on October 10 last year. The Indian delegation will be led by the newly appointed 14th Corps commander Lt General Anindiya Sen.

The latest round of talks come at a time when more than 50,000 troops each from both the sides are facing each other at the LAC in Eastern Ladakh leading to tension.

While the troops from both the sides returned to their bases after nearly one half years in February last year from the Pangong Tso (lake), face-offs are still on at more than three places including the Hot Springs.

India has all along maintained that complete withdrawal from all the friction points and status quo ante restored as it existed before May 2020 is a prerequisite before ties are normalised between the two countries.

China, however, has dilly dallied so far on some pretext or the other thereby prolonging tension at the LAC.

The Indian Government after the 13th round of military level talks had said during the meeting the discussions between the two sides focused on resolution of the remaining issues along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh.

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