India and China will hold the ninth round of Corps Commanders' meeting on Sunday at Moldo to try to resolve the ongoing military standoff in the Eastern Ladakh. The last round of the Corps Commanders meeting was held on November 6. However, due to lack of any tangible progress, no meeting was held between the Army Commanders in over two and a half months.
The military standoff in Eastern Ladakh is in the ninth month with both sides having deployed around 50,000 troops at each side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Eastern Ladakh. Despite temperatures dipping to minus 30 degrees Celsius in the region, both India and China have maintained troops at forwarding posts this winter at the LAC in Ladakh.
India is reported to ask Russia for early deliveries of the S-400 air defense missile system to be mainly deployed at the LAC against China. India is expecting a hot summer at the LAC in 2021. This will be the first Corps Commanders meeting after China appointed a new military commander for its Western Theatre Command Gen. Zhang Xudong.
India and China during the 8th round of Corps Commander level talks had agreed to ensure that their frontline troops would exercise restraint and avoid misunderstanding and miscalculation. China had been pushing India to vacate strategic heights that the Indian Army had occupied on the South bank of Pangong Tso in a surprise action in August.
The PLA had even made attempts to occupy these heights that were foiled by Army. India has maintained that it will discuss disengagement from all friction points in the Eastern Ladakh and not just the south bank of Pangong Tso.