India, China fail to break ice on standoff in eastern Ladakh

Naveen Bharat Editorial

NEW DELHI: India and China failed to break the ice on the standoff in the remaining areas of eastern Ladakh along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). While India pointed to Chinese dissent for its “constructive suggestions” for a solution, the Chinese side blamed India for “staying on its unreasonable and unrealistic demands”.

Chinese Senior Colonel Long Shaohua, spokesman for the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) Western Theater Command, said on Monday, “(T)he made great efforts to promote the easing and cooling of the border situation and appreciate China’s sincerity.” performed perfectly. To uphold the overall interests of bilateral military relations. However, the Indian side still sticks to its unreasonable and unrealistic demands, which have added to the difficulties in the talks.

Responding to the Chinese statement, the Indian Army said, “The Indian side pointed out that the situation along the LAC was caused by unilateral attempts by the Chinese side to change the status quo and violate bilateral agreements. Therefore, it was necessary that the Chinese side take appropriate steps in the remaining areas so that peace and tranquility can be restored along the LAC in the western sector.

“During the meeting, the Indian side made constructive suggestions to resolve the remaining areas, but the Chinese side did not agree and could not make any forward-looking proposals. Thus the remaining areas were not resolved in the meeting,” the Indian Army said.

The 13th India-China Corps Commanders’ Meeting was held on 10 October at the Moldo-Chushul border rendezvous on the Chinese side. During the meeting, the discussions between the two sides focused on resolving the remaining issues along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh.

According to the ministry, both sides have also agreed to maintain communication and maintain stability on the ground. “It is our expectation that the Chinese side will take into account the overall perspective of bilateral relations and work towards an early resolution of the remaining issues, in full compliance with bilateral agreements and protocols,” the military said.

Around 60,000 soldiers of the Indian Army and Chinese PLA are deployed along the LAC in eastern Ladakh with tense standoffs at Hot Spring, Depsang and Demchok. There were also standoffs along the northern and southern banks of Galwan, Gogra and Pangong lakes and the troops mutually disbanded following proposals achieved during a series of talks by the 12 previous Corps commanders.

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