China is in talks with India to hold another round of military discussions in a bid to ease a seven-month stand-off along a disputed section of their Himalayan border . Tan Kefei, spokesman for the Ministry of National Defence, said on Thursday that China remained committed to de-escalating the worst border tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours in decades. “The Chinese side is willing to maintain communication with the Indian side through military and diplomatic channels, and we hope India can meet China halfway ... and take concrete measures to ease the tension,” Tan said. “The two sides are coordinating on the ninth round of commander-level meetings.” The China-India border dispute: its origins and impact The talks have reportedly been delayed by the appointment of a new commander for the People’s Liberation Army’s Western Theatre Command, which oversees the Himalayan region. Indian newspaper the Hindustan Times reported the talks would resume after General Zhang Xudong, 58, who replaced General Zhao Zongqi, 65, completed his induction for his new role, a process that would include operational briefings and visits to key deployments along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the disputed China-India border, in eastern Ladakh. Chinese and Indian armed forces have been locked in a confrontation since early May, with tensions soaring in June after 20 Indian soldiers were killed in hand-to-hand combat in the Galwan Valley in Ladakh. China has not disclosed its casualties. Both sides have since ramped up their military presence by moving more troops and weapons into the area. The last round of military talks was held on November 6 and the last round of diplomatic talks was on December 18. China-India border row: stay alert for surprise Indian attack, retired Chinese general warns Tan said both countries had been aiming to disengage troops since the last round of commander talks. But Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Wednesday there had been “no meaningful result” from several rounds of diplomatic and military meetings, and that India’s deployment “won’t come down” if the status quo continued. India has reportedly put around 50,000 troops along the LAC while China has deployed surface-to-air missiles and surface-to-surface missiles in the area, according to Indian Air Force chief RKS Bhadauria. Tan also said the PLA had strengthened training in various theatre commands, with a 30 per cent increase in high-altitude training and 10 per cent increase in night training compared to the year before.