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India asks China for “total disconnection and reduction of escalation” in Ladakh | India News

NEW DELHI: On Sunday, India again called on China for “complete disengagement and escalation reduction” at all fighting venues in eastern Ladakh, amid a growing confidence deficit due to continued consolidation of military positions by the Chinese army along the border.
The sources said India pushed for the completion of a “viable and sequential” roadmap for disconnection, de-escalation and de-induction, with a joint verification mechanism, while re-establishing the status quo ante at the ‘sticking points’ in Pangong. Tso, Chushul and Gogra- Hot springs as a first step.
However, there was no official news on the outcome of the ninth round of military talks, led by the 14th Corps commander, Lieutenant General PGK Menon and the head of the southern Xinjiang military district, Major General Liu Lin, who it lasted over 10 hours on the Chinese side. from the Chushul-Moldo border meeting point on Sunday.
“With hardened positions on both sides, any tangible advance seems unlikely at this stage. The two delegations will now go to their respective political hierarchies for further instructions on the proposals and counterproposals exchanged during the talks, “said a source.
India’s defense establishment fears that China has no real intention of withdrawing troops, tanks and howitzers from the front line, given the way it has consolidated its military positions and upgraded its infrastructure along the Royal Line of Control. of 3,488 km (LAC) after the clash in Ladakh broke out in early May.
The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has assiduously built new roads and side links, surface-to-air missile positions and heliports in different sectors stretching from Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh, while establishing civilian settlements in “disputed but occupied “in this sector, as reported by TOI previously.
“But talks are important to keep calm at the front,” said the source. China has been demanding that the proposed withdrawal begin from the southern shore of the Pangong Tso-Chushul area, where Indian troops occupied tactically advantageous positions on the ridge line stretching from Thakung to Gurung Hill, Spanggur Gap, Magar Hill, Mukhpari, Rezang La and Reqin. La (Rechin mountain pass) from August 28 to 30 last year.
But with these Kailash ranks in the Chushul sector giving India some leverage in the negotiations, India has been pushing for a “simultaneous whole of eastern Ladakh” approach to mutual disconnection.
This will include the PLA leaving the 8 km stretch it has occupied from ‘Finger 4 to 8’ (mountain spurs) on the north shore of Pangong Tso since early May. With its long-standing Dhan Singh Thapa post between Finger 2 and Finger 3, the Indian Army has rejected the PLA’s proposal to convert the entire ‘Finger area’ into a no-patrol zone. According to India, the LAC runs from north to south on finger 8, even though the current confrontation is on finger 4 branch.
“The resources with PLA are just amazing. With roads leading directly to LAC, the PLA can quickly move more forces and firepower to advanced areas in the summer. India will now have to deal with LAC (as well as) the Line of Control with Pakistan, with deployments and permanent posts, ”said an official.
As previously reported by TOI, the PLA’s new and reinforced military positions extend from in front of the Daulat Beg Oldie-Depsang, Chushul and Demchok areas in eastern Ladakh, the Kaurik Pass in Himachal Pradesh and the Barahoti Plains in Uttarakhand. as far north as Doklam near Sikkim. -Trijuncio Bhutan-Tibet and the Asaphila and ‘Fish Tail’ areas in Arunachal Pradesh.
Additionally, additional facilities have been built at Chinese air bases off India such as Hotan, Kashgar, Gargunsa (Ngari Gunsa), Lhasa-Gonggar, and Shigatse, including underground perches and parking areas for fighters digging tunnels in the mountains in some areas.

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