China suggests Major Gen-level talks for disengagement of troops

After two months of Commander level talk failing along with four months after Indian and Chinese troops disengaged in Pangong Tso to make headway on the pullback of troops from other areas of eastern Ladakh, negotiations at Division Commander level has been suggested by China which the Indian side is said to be considering.

The team headed by officers holding the rank of Major General is involved in Division Commander level talks. This is different from involving many senior officers like Lt Generals who head Corps or equivalent formations, which are included in Corps Commander Level talks. As there is a statement over the disengagement process, the Chinese suggestions come at that time after the Corps Commander level talks on 9th April made no progress.

As conveyed by China that negotiations for disengagement at Hot Springs and Gogra Post have the presence of small contingents of Chinese troops on the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control which can be discussed by Division Commanders, according to a senior officer from the defence establishment.

If negotiations between Division Commanders can find a solution, then senior commanders may not need to meet again as said by an Indian officer who considered the idea conveyed by China. China has not refused to disengage from other friction points although there has been no progress since the troops from the two sides stepped back from the Pangong Tso region, he said. To resolve the military standoff in eastern Ladakh that began in May 2020, 11 round of discussions have been held by the Indian and Chinese Corps Commanders so far.

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