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The fifth round of military talks between India and China next week as Pangong Tso remains a major problem area | India News

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NEW DELHI: The fifth round of corps commander-level talks between India and China will take place next week to carry out the stalled process of disconnection in Pangong Tso and Gogra-Hot Springs, as well as to discuss the restoration of status. quo in the strategically located Depsang Plains region in eastern Ladakh.
Sources said Sunday that rival commanders on the ground were in contact via the hotline to clarify matters about the stalled disengagement process before the next round of corps commander-level talks in the “second half” of the next week.
The north bank of Pangong Tso (Tso means lake) is still the main problem. The PLA troops have so far only moved back from the confrontation site at the ‘base’ from ‘Finger-4’ to ‘Finger-5’ (mountain spurs), without completely dislodging the ridge line dominating the area .
Since the beginning of May, the PLA has built dozens of fortifications and weapon positions after occupying the 8 km stretch from ‘Finger-4’ to ‘Finger-8’, where Indian says LAC runs from north to south, as reported formerly TOI.
The head of the Army’s Northern Command, Lt. Gen. YK Joshi, speaking to television channels on Sunday, said “all efforts” were underway to restore the status quo, as it existed before mid-April throughout from the Current Control Line (LAC), and the Indian troops would. remain forward deployed until successful.
Local commanders would verify the “complex and intricate” disconnection process, begun after four rounds of military talks, to ensure its “truthfulness and correctness” on the ground, he said.
Refusing to provide a timeline for the process, Lt. Gen. Joshi said: “I believe that the negotiations and the process of this engagement and the commitment of both parties to adhere to the established methodology will dictate the timeline of the confrontation.”
“However, there are certain factors such as the country’s territorial integrity that are not negotiable. Although we are sincerely investing in this continuous effort to achieve peace on the border, we are also prepared at all times for any eventuality,” he added.
As previously reported by TOI, the initial withdrawal at two of the four fighting sites in Indian territory has not yet been carried out, with the subsequent reduction and eventual induction of the more than 30,000 troops and heavy weapons accumulated in the “depth areas “by the two armies throughout LAC that still do not appear anywhere on the horizon.
Consequently, the Indian Army has intensified its “anticipated winter storage” of rations and supplies for outpost areas in eastern Ladakh, which has tripled the number of troops generally deployed in the high-altitude region.
The troop withdrawal has been fully completed only at “Patrolling Point-14 (PP-14)” in the Galwan Valley, the site of the June 15 skirmish, and PP-15 in Hot Springs. But there are still some rival troops very close to each other on PP-17A in Gogra, while Pangong Tso remains stagnant.
The plains of Depsang, a plateau north of Galwan, is also a major concern. The EPL continues to prevent Indian soldiers from going to their traditional PP-10, 11, 12, and 13 after meddling in what India considers their territory there. India is pushing for the “old rule” of not blocking the patrols of others in the Depsang area to be reinstated.

Times of India

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