The eighth talks began around 9:30 am in Chushul on the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh and continued till 7 PM between the Indian and Chineses armies focusing mainly on peace restoration and tranquility in the Ladakh region, said the military sources. At the eighth round of Corps Commander-level talks between the two side army on Friday, Indian side strongly insisted on early disengagement of troops by China from all the friction points in eastern Ladakh.
About the six-month-long military standoff, in order to achieve complete disengagement along the LAC, India and China is maintaining close communication at the military and diplomatic levels said the External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava. "The two sides are guided by the leaders' consensus to jointly safeguard peace and tranquillity in the border areas. We will continue to maintain the dialogue with the Chinese side to arrive at a mutually acceptable solution to the current situation along the LAC in eastern Ladakh," Anurag said.
A series of meeting were held between the troops of India and China, overall situation in eastern Ladakh has been reviewed and decision to press for comprehensive disengagement of the troops at talks with China was made. The seventh round on October 12 with Chinese People's Liberation Army(PLA) pressed for withdrawal of Indian troops from a number of strategic heights around the Southern bank of Pangong lake. As of now, around 50000 Indian Army troops were deployed in various mountainous locations in eastern Ladakh at a high state of combat readiness as there was no concrete outcome to resolve the standoff during the multiple rounds of talks between the two sides. China has also deployed an equal number of troops, said the officials.The standoff between the two sides started in early May.