More Rounds Of Talks Likely For India And China On Border Troubles
After an inconclusive sixth military round of discussion between India and China, another dialogue is expected amidst both sides strengthening their troops at the LAC
India and China’s sixth round of military talks in Moldo failed produce a concrete decision. However, both the nations have issued a joint statement agreeing to not escalate the situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and to not send additional troops there. Further, neither of the countries will take any unilateral decision that could worsen the current situation at the border. A seventh round is expected to take place soon.
However, there are concerns if China can be trusted as they have not agreed to any disengagement, de-escalation and eventual de-induction from the disputed areas. While closed-room talks paint a certain picture, the on-ground reality is very different. Both India and China have stationed more than 40,000 personnel at their respective sides.
In the 14-hour long meeting in Moldo, India stood firm on its stance demanding for disengagement from the Chinese side. The Chinese military meanwhile demanded that India withdraw from peaks occupied as a part of Operation Snow Leopard at Gurung Hill, Magar Hill, Rezang La, south of Pangong Tso and certain dominating heights north of Pangong Tso and the Gogra post.
Indian defence experts believe that we are very well prepared for the long haul at the high altitudes and inhospitable terrains as opposed to the 1962 situation. Supplies of food, weaponry and other essentials are being excessively stocked at the LAC.
With three fronts for India to take care of that includes the LAC, the Pakistan Line of Control (LOC) and the harsh upcoming winters, the government is on its toes to boost the infrastructure at these spots to its best capability.
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