Fourth round of India-China Commander-level talks conclude

The fourth round of Commander-level talks between India and China concluded at Chushul Border post in Eastern Ladakh on Tuesday without much success, sources say. The talks began at Chushul post on Indian side on Tuesday morning on the invitation from India.

The fourth meeting was held in the background of June 30 meeting followed by the conservation between the National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, on July 5. Sources say that another phase of disengagement along the Line of Actual Control is likely.

The talks between the two countries mainly focused on the implementation of agreement reached on the previous meetings. However, the thrust was on complete disengagement at Finger -4 and further at Pangong Tso and Depsang plains. Lt General Harvinder Singh briefed the Senior Army officials about the outcome of Tuesday’s talks.

India has been insisting on “total restoration” of status quo in all of eastern Ladakh that existed before a violent face-off at Galwan valley in mid-June. Twenty soldiers laid down their lives for India, while 45 Chinese soldiers were killed or injured.

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