No sign of military talks with China on the LAC dispute
There is no indication when India and China will hold the next round of military talks to defuse border tensions in eastern Ladakh despite the two countries agreeing to hold dialogue at the corps commander level at an early date during recent diplomatic talks. about the persistent dispute, people familiar with the events said on Monday.
At the virtual meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination (WMCC) on border issues on December 18, India and China agreed that the next round of meetings between senior commanders should be held at an early date for “early and complete withdrawal. of the troops ”Along the controversial Line of Current Control (LAC).
“Neither side has proposed a date for the military dialogue yet. Any progress in resolving the border dispute is unlikely without political / diplomatic intervention, ”the people quoted above said. The two sides have held eight rounds of military talks so far, but made no progress in resolving the dispute.
During the eighth round of talks, the Indian Army and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) said they will ensure that their front-line soldiers “exercise restraint and avoid misunderstandings and miscalculations” throughout LAC.
Experts said the talks were stalled due to huge differences between the two parties.
“The basic reason (that the talks are not producing results) is that the positions of the two parties on the conditions of disengagement remain too far apart. Unless these conditions are reconciled in talks at the diplomatic or political level, the interaction between the armies will do little good, ”said former Northern Army commander, Lieutenant General DS Hooda (retired).
Both India and China are prepared for a long road in the Ladakh sector and are adamant in maintaining advanced positions throughout LAC during the harsh winter months.
“Before the start of winter, there was some incentive for both parties to come to an agreement so that the troops could withdraw before winter. That incentive could also have disappeared now that the troops are prepared to stand their ground through the winter, ”Hooda said.
While India has consistently pushed for comprehensive disconnection at all hotspots and the restoration of the status quo before early April during military talks, the Chinese side wants the Indian military to first withdraw troops deployed at strategic heights on the shore. south of Pangong Tso.
The Indian army moved quickly and occupied a number of key heights to prevent the PLA from seizing Indian territory on the southern bank in a stealth move midnight on August 29.
The Indian Army now controls the positions of the ridges on the southern shore of Pangong Tso that allow it to fully dominate the sector and monitor Chinese military activity, with positions scattered at Rezang La, Reqin Pass, Gurung Hill and the Magar Heights.
The Indian army has also taken control of the key heights dominating PLA deployments on the Finger 4 ridge line on the north shore of Pangong Tso, where rival soldiers are deployed just a few hundred meters from each other. Events on both banks of Pangong Tso have increased India’s bargaining power during talks with the Chinese side, as the Hindustan Times already reported.