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India, China agree to stop sending more troops to Ladakh

After marathon 14-hour talks between India and China at the Corps Commander level ,the both sides had decided to stop sending more troops to the frontline in eastern Ladakh. In a joint statement, released on Tuesday,  from India and China, stated that both sides will enhance communication to avoid misunderstandings and also implement the five-points consensus reached by foreingn ministers S Jaishankar and Wng Yi at the SCO summit in Moscow earlier this month.India and China will soon also be holding the 7th round of Corps Commander-level talks to resolve the border faceoff in Ladakh, the statement added.

The decision to stop sending additional troops was taken after the sixth round of Corps Commander-level talks that took place on Monday in Moldo on the Chinese side.The Indian delegation for the first time had a representative from the Ministry of External Affairs as part of the military talks. Joint Secretary in MEA Navin Srivastava was part of the talks between India and China. At the previous five rounds of Corps commander-level talks, the Indian side insisted on complete disengagement of Chinese troops at the earliest, and immediate restoration of status quo ante in all areas of eastern Ladakh prior to April.The fifth round of Corps commander talks on August 2 lasted for nearly 11 hours while the fourth round went on for nearly 15 hours on July 14.

"On September 21, the Indian and Chinese Senior Commanders held the 6th round, They agreed to earnestly implement the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries, strengthen communication on the ground, avoid misunderstandings and misjudgments, stop sending more troops to the frontline, refrain from unilaterally changing the situation on the ground, and avoid taking any actions that may complicate the situation," the statement said.

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