India China Border Border: Don’t Read Too Much About China’s Statements | India News
Defense sources said it would be folly to “read too much” in the statements made by the Chinese Foreign Ministry, as well as by its ambassador, on Wednesday until there is a real deduction from the soldiers of the People’s Liberation Army who meddled 1-3 kilometers in what India considers to be its territory in eastern Ladakh. “The words have to be translated into action on the ground,” said a source.
Around 1,200-1,500 PLA soldiers are currently involved in the four to five virtually eye-to-eye confrontations on the north bank of Pangong Tso (Tso means lake), Demchok and the Galwan Valley region through a broad facade of the Line of Current unresolved Control (LAC).
The PLA has also accumulated additional troops within its territory near the fighting sites, diverting more than 5,000 soldiers from an exercise it was conducting in the region.
With the Indian army more than matching the Chinese deployments, there has been no breakthrough in the military stalemate for nearly a month yet despite several rounds of talks between rival officers of Major General, Brigadier General and Colonel on the ground.
The hectic diplomatic negotiations also finally defused the major 73-day military confrontation between Indian and Chinese soldiers in the Bhutanese territory of Doklam, near the Sikkim-Bhutan-Tibet triple union, in June-August 2017.
But the consequences have been that the EPL has permanently stationed troops and built military infrastructure and heliports in northern Doklam since then. “This time, the confrontation is in what we perceive as our territory,” said a source.
This will be a primary consideration at the three-day Army Commanders Conference, which is chaired by General MM Naravane and attended by Major General Generals who head the six operational commandos and a strong force training command of more than 12 lakh. “There will be a brainstorming on the operational situation and challenges along the border as well as administrative matters during the conference,” said an official.
The concern is that China has been dragging its feet to “clear up” the 3,488-kilometer-long LAC that stretches from Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh, which would reduce clashes, or the creation of the long wait line between top military commanders like DGMO one between India and Pakistan.
Similarly, the Border Defense Cooperation Agreement (BDCA) signed between India and China in October 2013, which specifically prohibited both sides from “attacking” each other’s patrols in areas where there is no “common understanding” on LAC, neither has it actually been made operational on the ground so far. The high-level hotline, in turn, was first proposed at the BDCA and then agreed upon during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to China in 2015.
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