NEW DELHI: No concrete breakthrough yet again in de-escalating more than two-year military confrontation in the east Ladakh with China, despite the top-level military talks being held after a 4-month gap, and the Foreign Minister S Jaishankar met his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi a few times during the interim.
China disagreed with India’s proposal to complete the stalled troop withdrawal at Patrol Point-15 (PP-15) near Kugrang Nallah in Chang Chenmo area within 16 military commander level talks. The group lasted more than 12 hours. on Sunday. A source said: “The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has submitted its own proposal against the PP-15, which will now have to be reviewed in detail.
Therefore, resolving deadlocks is much more difficult to cure at Charding Ninglung Nallah (CNN) junction at Demchok and the strategically located Depsang Bulge area towards restoring the overall status quo as it existed in May 2020 is nowhere on the horizon.
However, the two sides issued a joint statement on Monday to reaffirm that they will “maintain security and stability on the ground in the western region” and conduct dialogue through military and political channels. diplomacy to “put up a mutually acceptable solution of the remaining problems at the earliest”.
The military talks were led by the Commander of the Leh-based 14th Army Corps, Lieutenant General Anindya Sengupta, and the Major General of the Southern Xinjiang Military Region. Yang Linfound “frank and in-depth exchanges in line with the direction of the State leadership to soon resolve outstanding issues”.
“The two sides reaffirmed that resolving outstanding issues would help restore peace and tranquility along the LAC in the Western region and promote progress in bilateral relations,” the joint statement said.
However, contrary to the usual circumstances, China continues to be stubborn to India’s demand for a gradual process of withdrawal, de-escalation and de-activation east of Ladakh. Both sides continue to deploy more than 50,000 troops each, supported by heavy weapons, in high altitude areas.
While military commanders may continue to talk to maintain peace on the ground, the violent skirmishes in the Galwan Valley in June 2020 saw casualties on both sides. For the first time in 45 years, overall de-escalation will require top-level political-diplomatic intervention.
India has repeatedly made it clear to China that resolving the standoff in eastern Ladakh is crucial for improving bilateral relations, but Beijing continues to insist on separating the border line from general relations. body.
Incidentally, Army Commander-in-Chief Manoj Pande stated in May that China has not shown any intention to move towards a final settlement of the overall boundary question. “What we see is China’s intention or effort to keep the boundary issue alive. What we need as a country is a “whole nation” approach to tackle this whole problem,” he said.