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LAC row: Depsang and Pangong pullback stalled, military talks postponed | India News


NEW DELHI: With Chinese troops showing no sign of withdrawing from Pangong Tso and Depsang Plains in eastern Ladakh, as deployments along the Royal Line of Control continue to increase to Arunachal Pradesh, the next round of talks at level Corps commander has been deferred to next week.
India “did not insist” on holding the fifth round of talks between the 14-corps commander, Lt. Gen. Harinder Singh, and the chief of the southern Xinjiang military district, Major General Liu Lin, on July 30, as originally proposed. , in view of China’s “continuing intransigence”. floor.
After the powerful China Study Group held a meeting this week to fine-tune India’s strategy, authorities say there could be two reasons for the People’s Liberation Army to strive to withdraw troops from Pangong Tso and Patrolling Point (PP) -17A in Gogra The EPL, for example, could still be considering whether it should implement the withdrawal proposals it had agreed to during the fourth round of military talks on July 14. “It takes time to finalize what is acceptable and what is not, along with the necessary political approvals,” said a senior official.
“But the other reason could be that the PLA is simply waiting for the moment to present us with a fait accompli once winter comes. Either way, we are prepared for the long term. The restoration of the status quo ante is not in the cards from now on, ”he added.
The Army has already started the massive logistical exercise for “advanced winter storage,” with rations, specialized clothing, pre-made shelters, arctic tents and other equipment to keep its more than 30,000 troops deployed in Ladakh, as TOI reported last month.
Both sides have opted for the accumulation of troops, artillery and armor in “depth areas” in the three 3,488 km sectors of LAC: west (Ladakh), middle (Uttarakhand, Himachal) and east (Sikkim, Arunachal).
“Other than Ladakh, the other areas are quiet with normal troop movements,” said another official.
The PLA has, of course, purposefully excavated on the north bank of Pangong Tso, so far refusing to back east from the 8 km stretch it has occupied from ‘Finger-4’ to ‘Finger-8’. The troop withdrawal has been fully completed only at PP-14 in Galwan Valley, the site of the June 15 skirmish, and PP-15 at Hot Springs.

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