India-China Corps Commanders Hold 20th Round of Talks: Updates on Depsang and Demchok Resolutions
India-China Corps Commanders Hold 20th Round of Talks: Updates on Depsang and Demchok Resolutions
In a significant move towards de-escalation, the Corps Commanders of India and China have held their 20th round of talks. The focus of the talks was on the remaining friction points at Depsang and Demchok, where the standoff between the Indian Army and Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) continues. This meeting marked a significant step towards resolving the year-long border tensions. However, the entire nation awaits a conclusive resolution, hoping for peace and stability in the region.

In a continued effort to deescalate tensions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the Corps commanders of India and China held their 20th round of talks on Friday. The primary focus of the dialogue was the long-standing standoff at the strategic friction points of Depsang and Demchok.

Since the border discord erupted in May 2020, several rounds of diplomatic and military level talks have been held. Although disengagement was successfully achieved at Pangong Tso in February 2021, complete withdrawal of troops and weaponry from Depsang and Demchok remains a challenge.

"The 20th round of talks was significant as it came after a considerable gap. The focus was on finding a mutually acceptable resolution at Depsang and Demchok," said a high-ranking official familiar with the developments.

Why Depsang and Demchok Matter

The Depsang Plains and Demchok sector are strategically important for both India and China. Depsang Plains, lying at an altitude of 16,000 feet, is crucial as it provides access to the Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO) sector, which is close to the Karakoram Pass.

Demchok, on the other hand, is a disputed area that has been a bone of contention between India and China for decades. It is located near the Indus River, offering strategic advantage over the western sector of the LAC.

Resolving these issues is critical to achieving lasting peace and stability in the region.

Expert Opinions and Anticipated Outcomes

Dr. Srikanth Kondapalli, a professor in Chinese studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, opines that "While the talks are a step in the right direction, the resolution may not be immediate. Both sides have their strategic interests and would want to safeguard them."

However, the fact that both sides are engaging in dialogue indicates a willingness to resolve the standoff amicably. The outcomes of the 20th round of talks are awaited with cautious optimism.

India and China have a shared responsibility to maintain peace and tranquillity along the LAC, as it has far-reaching implications not only for bilateral ties but also for regional stability. The international community is also closely watching the developments along the India-China border.

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