China and India are in consultation to hold the ninth round of corps commander-level meetings to discuss troop disengagement in eastern Ladakh, Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Sr. Colonel Tan Kefei.
Since the eighth round of corps commander-level talks between the armies of China and India, the two sides have maintained consultations on the disengagement of frontline troops and strengthened the management of border troops, Tan said at the meeting. ‘an online press briefing.
The situation in the border areas is generally stable, he said, according to a transcript posted on the Chinese Defense Ministry website. China is willing to maintain communication with India through military and diplomatic channels, he said.
India should work with China towards the same goal, implement the consensus reached in the corps commanders’ level meetings and take pragmatic steps to further ease the tension in the border areas, Tan said.
India and China have held several rounds of diplomatic and military talks to resolve the stalemate that erupted in early May.
In the latest round of Foreign Ministry-level talks on December 18, the two sides said they agreed to continue working to ensure the full disengagement of troops at all friction points along the effective line of control (LAC). The meeting also decided to hold the next round of military dialogue at an early date.
Amid Ladakh’s eastern standoff, Chinese President Xi Jinping on December 19 appointed a new commanding general of the People’s Liberation Army Western Theater Command, which oversees the Sino-Indian border.
Xi, who heads the Central Military Commission (CMC), the general high command of the two million-strong People’s Liberation Army (PLA), has appointed General Zhang Xudong commander of the Western Theater command.
General Zhang succeeds General Zhao Zongqi, 65, who headed the Western Theater Command during the Doklam standoff in 2017. The standoff in Ladakh also occurred under General Zhao’s watch.