India, China meet on ‘grey zones’ at Depsang


Ajay Banerjee

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 8

Major General-level officers of India and China met on Saturday to scale back tensions on the Depsang plains alongside the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh.

Under the broader ambit of decreasing troop mobilisation and war-waging tools on each side of the 900 sq km Depsang plains, the talks revolved round two points — restoring patrol rights in ‘grey zone’ areas, the place the notion of the LAC varies, and arriving at some semblance of understanding as to what are one another’s perceptions of the LAC and the way these are to be ‘respected’ by troops on the bottom.

The assembly was held on the Indian facet of the designated assembly level east of Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO). Sources mentioned the assembly time was finalised late Friday evening. The General Officer Commanding 3 Division, Major General Abhijit Bapat, led the talks.

Depsang is a flat plateau at an altitude of 16,000 toes by way of which passes the Darbuk-Shayok-DBO (DSDBO) highway that hyperlinks as much as the DBO touchdown floor and additional northwards to the Karakoram cross. Any bid to chop off the DBO might limit entry to the Karakoram cross and even try and seize the 20,000 toes excessive Sasser La, west of Depsang. It additional opens a path to Sasoma and crucially the highway to Siachen.

All such makes an attempt by the PLA could be thwarted for now, defined an official. Depsang has seen two main standoffs in 2013 and 2014 apart from dozens of face-offs yearly.

Of patrol rights and ranging LAC notion 

  • India, China focus on restoring patrol rights in ‘grey zone’ areas, the place the notion of Line of Actual Control (LAC) varies
  • Try to reach at some semblance of understanding as to what are one another’s perceptions of LAC and the way these are to be ‘respected’ by troops on the bottom
Any de-escalation in Depsang might take longer than regular.
Military goals of both nation are far too vital right here.



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