India and China have held 13 rounds of talks on the Line of Control to resolve the standoff

New Delhi: In a bid to resolve the military standoff in the Eastern Ladakh sector, India and China are likely to hold the 14th round of corps commander talks in the third or fourth week of December.

“The Chinese side has to send up the invitation for the 14th round of talks. The talks are likely to be held in the third or fourth week of this month before the year end,” top government sources told India Today.

The first half of the year would see the entire country, led by the Prime Minister and Indian Army, busy celebrating India’s victory over Pakistan 50 years ago and the creation of Bangladesh.

The Army would also be okay with talks in the second half of December as the celebrations would see many dignitaries from Bangladesh visiting here.

India and China have held 13 rounds of talks on the Line of Control to resolve the standoff.

The two sides are looking at the resolution of the Hot Springs friction point, which emerged after the Chinese aggression last year. The friction points on the banks of the Pangong Lake and Gogra Heights have been resolved.

India has also been demanding the resolution of the DBO area and CNN junction area, which have been there before the April-May timeframe last year.

India responded very aggressively to Chinese aggression and checked their actions at multiple locations. The Galwan clash also took place there in which both sides suffered casualties.

India has been working towards establishing peace in the area but has also maintained a high level of preparedness to thwart any misadventure by the enemy troops.

Both sides have deployed a large number of troops in the area along with heavy weaponry. The infrastructure build-up has also been very heavy.