Tribune News Service
New Delhi, September 13
As India and China as soon as once more try and resolve the continuing navy standoff alongside the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, the subsequent week or two might be essential. It can set the course for peace or the continuing hostilities will proceed.
As Lt General-level talks are set to renew anytime this week, the 2 sides will actually begin from scratch because the earlier 5 conferences between June 6 and August 2 resulted in failure. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China backtracked on agreements to de-escalate and disengage on the LAC.
In these six weeks, since August 2, dynamics have modified on a number of counts. Firstly, bullets have been fired on September 7, the primary time in Ladakh since November 1962. Secondly, there have been contemporary areas of confrontation just like the 70-km stretch alongside the southern a part of Pangong Tso, a 135-km glacial lake. Thirdly, an absence of belief has crept in. The Indian Army will go for a wait-and-watch technique whereas assessing the PLA motives.
There are different flashpoints alongside the 826-km-LAC in Ladakh —- Depsang plains, north financial institution of Pangong Tso and Patrolling Point 17-A (in Gogra). Meanwhile, on the South Block, the Army headquarters, the method to cater to the logistics— lodging, provisions, clothes— has been set in movement.
Even if the 2 sides agree on peace, India can’t pull again its 45,000 drive from Ladakh instantly. In case of contemporary confrontation, there might be an issue because the Manali and Srinagar routes will for 4 months from October onwards. While Zoji La (11,500 ft) on the Srinagar route could also be closed to site visitors by October-end or early November, Rohtang Pass (13,000 ft) on the Manali route might even see snow earlier than that. Other excessive passes between Rohtang and Leh can also see early closure.
Once the passes shut, the one possibility is to fly out males and provides from the logistics hub in Chandigarh or Hindon. Also it takes two weeks to acclimatise for battle at these heights, so it will likely be higher to retain the troops in Ladakh.