India, China commanders to fulfill at the moment

Ajay Banerjee

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 20

After having failed to interrupt the impasse over army deployment alongside the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, senior army commanders of India and China will meet once more on Monday.

Lt General-level officers of the 2 sides will meet, stated sources. It would be the sixth such assembly since June 6. The assembly will begin at 9 am on the Chinese garrison of Moldo, situated reverse Chushul on the Indian facet.

Sources confirmed that the assembly was deliberate to additional the discussions that befell in Moscow on September four and 10.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had met their respective counterparts at these conferences.

A five-point de-escalation programme was additionally launched. The two sides will actually begin from scratch. The earlier efforts of 5 such conferences between June 6 and August 2 failed to interrupt the impasse because the China’s People’s Liberation Army backtracked on agreements to disengage and de-escalate alongside the LAC.

Since August 2, dynamics have modified on a number of counts. Firstly, bullets have been fired on September 7 for the primary time in Ladakh since November 1962. Secondly, there are recent areas of confrontation just like the 70-km stretch alongside the southern a part of Pangong Tso. An absence of belief has additionally crept in. The Indian Army will go for a wait-and-watch coverage whereas assessing the PLA’s motives.

There are different flash factors alongside the 826-km LAC in Ladakh, notably at Depsang plains, north financial institution of Pangong Tso and the patrolling level PP 17-A (Gogra).

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