Daily News India, China hold third round of talks but rival...

India, China hold third round of talks but rival military build-ups continue | India News – Times of India

-

- Advertisment -


76718951

File photo

NEW DELHI: India on Tuesday asked China to adhere to the broad de-escalation and disengagement plan of June 22, with gradual, verifiable and mutual troop pull-back from the confrontation sites in eastern Ladakh, followed by reduction in the continuing rival military build-ups along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
There was no official word on the outcome of the third round of talks on Tuesday between 14 Corps commander Lt-General Harinder Singh and South Xinjiang Military District chief Major General Liu Lin, who had held similar marathon dialogues on June 6 and June 22.
The meeting on Tuesday, being held on the Indian side of the Chushul-Moldo border personnel meeting (BPM) point in eastern Ladakh for the first time, began at 11 am and continued till late in the night.
But sources said China, instead of de-inducting troops, has continued with its military build-up in different sectors along the 3,488-km LAC, with an increase in activity by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) also being witnessed across Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh as well.
India, while pressing for restoration of status quo as it existed in mid-April, has been matching the PLA deployments with additional troops, artillery guns, tanks and other armoured vehicles.
As per the plan agreed upon during the corps commanders meeting on June 22, the rival troops were first to be physically separated by a distance of at least 2.5 to 3 km in all the confrontation or “friction” sites at the Galwan Valley region, Gogra-Hotsprings, Pangong Tso and Depsang to cool down the heightened tensions.
In the meeting on Tuesday, India in particular asked the PLA to pull back from the “Finger-4 to 8” stretch (mountainous spurs separated over a distance of 8-km) on the north bank of Pangong Tso, “Patrolling Point-14 (PP-14)” in Galwan Valley and the “Bottleneck” area in Depsang Plains of eastern Ladakh.
“This will ensure another bloody skirmish like the one near PP-14 in Galwan on June 15 (in which 20 Indian soldiers and an unspecified number of PLA troops were killed) does not happen again. But it is yet to take place on the ground,” said a source.
After a brief pull-back initially in the Galwan Valley, the PLA had reneged on the agreement to come back to the confrontation site, leading to the escalation in tensions between the rival troops.
“There has been no real disengagement on the ground, with the PLA just moving about a dozen vehicles up and down. The Chinese, in fact, have fortified their positions further. Full disengagement, if it happens, might take a few months. We are prepared for the long haul,” he added.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest news

India-China LAC row: PLA reduces presence in Finger 4 area | India News – Times of India

The Chinese military has reportedly further reduced its presence in the Finger 4 area of Pangong Tso (File...

Amitabh Bachchan, son Abhishek in hospital with coronavirus – Times of India

MUMBAI: India’s leading actor Amitabh Bachchan used the social media late on Saturday to announce he is Covid-19...

Covid-19: India’s share in daily global cases now 12% | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India’s Covid-19 caseload crossed 8.5 lakh, a day after going past the 8 lakh mark, as...
- Advertisement -

England vs West Indies, 1st Test: Windies’ quicks strike as England collapse | Cricket News – Times of India

England's Ollie Pope, second right, leaves the field after being dismissed by West Indies' Shannon Gabriel. (A...Read MoreSOUTHAMPTON:...

After Amitabh Bachchan, son Abhishek Bachchan confirms he has tested positive for COVID-19 – Times of India

Bollywood star Abhishek Bachchan became the latest star to test positive for COVID-19. This news comes in moments...

Must read

- Advertisement -

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you