Both India and China have expressed commitment to take talks forward and resolve remaining issues along LAC in eastern Ladakh
The hotline has been set up between the Indian Army in Kongra La in North Sikkim and China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) at Khamba Dzong in the Tibetan Autonomous Region.
Delhi pressed for early resolution of the standoff and particularly insisted on expeditious disengagement in Hot Springs and Gogra, sources said
The minister did not name either China or Pakistan nor did he refer to the PoK projects, but the reference was obvious.
Chinese troops carrying banners came along the LAC at Dalocamgo, Demchok, on July 6 and objected to Dalai Lama's birthday celebrations.
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India has been particularly pressing for disengagement of troops in Hot Springs, Gogra and Depsang.
It does not meet the objective of keeping China under check for which the next “Quad” Summit is meeting later this year.
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India was reportedly invited to the meet, but abstained, along with the Maldives and Bhutan.
As a lower riparian state with considerable established user rights to the waters of the trans-border rivers, the Centre has consistently conveyed its views and concerns to China.
For once, no one, not even the peaceniks on either side of the China or Pakistan border, is getting excited, considering the disappointments of past such efforts.
The remarks by the State Department came as the armies of India and China began disengagement of troops locked in over eight-month-long standoff in eastern Ladakh.
The meeting started at 10 am at the Moldo border point on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control and it was continuing.
The tenth round of Corps Commander-level talks are scheduled to start at 10 am at the Moldo border point on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control.
The military talks will be held to take forward the disengagement process in Hot Springs, Gogra and Depsang in eastern Ladakh, official sources said on Friday.
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