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India and China to hold next round of border talks on January 12

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The talks will be held at the level of the commanders of the army corps of the Armed Forces of India and the People's Republic of India and China on Wednesday will hold the next 14th round of negotiations on the separation of troops in the border region of Ladakh on the line of effective control between the two countries.

As the Indian Express newspaper reported on Tuesday, citing sources in the Indian Ministry of Defense, the talks will be held on January 12 at the Chushul-Moldo border checkpoint at the level of the commanders of the army corps of the Armed Forces of India and the People's Liberation Army of China (PLA). Earlier, the parties planned to hold the 14th round of negotiations in the second half of December last year.
"India hopes for a constructive dialogue with China to resolve the remaining issues related to the normalization of the situation in Eastern Ladakh," sources in the Indian defense ministry said.
The 13th round of Indian-Chinese negotiations on the separation of troops on the border in Ladakh took place on October 10, 2021 and ended without result. The Indian Foreign Ministry then noted the need to find an early solution to the remaining problems "in full compliance with bilateral agreements for the sake of peace and tranquility in this region."
The absence of a demarcated border between India and China in the Himalayas (the two countries are separated by the line of actual control) has remained a source of tension for decades. In 1959, India announced the rejection by the Chinese side of part of the state of Arunachal Pradesh, in 1962, an Indian-Chinese armed conflict broke out, as a result of which about 38 thousand square kilometers belonging to India in the Ladakh and Aksaychin districts came under Chinese control.
The ongoing negotiation process of the Indian and Chinese militaries is designed to defuse tensions in Ladakh, where in the spring of 2020, the confrontation between the armies of the two countries began, as a result of which clashes occurred and there were deaths on both sides. India and China have deployed heavy artillery, tanks, air defense and aviation to the area. After a series of negotiations at the military and diplomatic levels in February 2021, Beijing and New Delhi began a mutual withdrawal of troops from disputed areas on the border, which has not yet been fully completed.