The China Study Group is set to meet later Monday evening to review the outcome of the 5th round of corps commanders-level talks between India and China, which continued for 10 and a half hours Sunday and focused on the contentious disengagement in Pangong Tso in Eastern Ladakh.
Sources in the defence and security establishment said the talks began at the Moldo meeting point on the Chinese side at about 11 am and lasted till 9.30 pm — comparatively shorter than the earlier one that took place on 14 July and lasted nearly 15 hours.
The sources remained tightlipped about the outcome of the Sunday meeting, saying 14 Corps Commander Lt Gen Harinder Singh had left for Leh in the morning, and that there would be subsequent de-briefing at various levels.
They said focus of the talks was the disengagement at Pangong Tso, where the Chinese continue to remain in large numbers within 8 km into the Line of Actual Control on the Indian side, as was reported by ThePrint earlier.
Army Chief Gen M.M. Naravane is expected to brief Defence Minister Rajnath Singh later in the day before attending the China Study Group meeting in the evening.
Any statement by India on the talks will come only after discussion at various levels, said the sources.
Earlier on July 30, India had said that some progress has been made in the disengagement of troops along the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh but it has not yet been completed and noted that it expected that the Chinese side will sincerely work for complete disengagement and de-escalation and full restoration of peace and tranquillity in the border areas at the earliest.
External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava had earlier said that the two sides held the 17th meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination last month and reviewed the situation in the India-China border areas along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Western sector.
Indian and Chinese troops are engaged in a standoff along the Line of Actual Control since May. The tensions between the two neighbouring countries along the border escalated on June 15 face-off in Galwan valley leading to casualties on both sides.
India and China have held multiple rounds of military and diplomatic talks to resolve the matter.