New Delhi: Amid border standoff between the armies of India and China at Line of Control in Ladakh, the military commanders of both the countries on Sunday met at Moldo, opposite Chushul sector in India, for a ninth time for talks to defuse tensions and find a solution to end the standoff, a Delhi-based news organisation NDTV reported.

The report said that nearly nine-month-long military standoff has seen tension rise along the LAC. Some 50,000 Indian army troops are currently deployed in a high state of combat readiness in mountainous locations in eastern Ladakh in sub-zero conditions, as multiple rounds of talks between the two sides have failed to resolve the standoff.  China has deployed an equal number of troops at the border.

On Friday, Defence Minister of India Rajnath Singh said that India will not reduce its troop strength unless China initiates the process.

Expressing confidence that a solution to the row could be found through talks, he told Times Now that India is developing its border infrastructure, some of which China has objected to, at a “very fast rate”.

According to a transcript of the interview issued by the channel, when asked about the dialogue process with China on the row, Singh said, “There is no deadline when it comes to matter like the ongoing standoff. You can’t fix a date.”

India and China have been locked in a standoff at the LAC, the de-facto border between the countries since May last year. Tensions peaked in June when 20 Indian armed forces were killed in the line of duty in a clash with the Chinese at Galwan Valley.

 

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