India snubs China, says gained’t pull again from Pangong Tso

Ajay Banerjee

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 5

Next, Diplomatic talks?

  • The Lt Gen-level talks on Sunday did not make a breakthrough; deadlock persists

  • Resolution of standoff will now hinge on diplomatic talks

  • Preparing for an extended haul, India is matching its deployment with that of the PLA’s

India has rejected China’s request, asking the Indian Army to “reciprocate” and transfer again from its current navy place north of the Pangong Tso. China on Sunday steered this step to interrupt the impasse within the disengagement course of alongside the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh.

New Delhi’s choice has been conveyed to Beijing via the hotline in Ladakh following a gathering of the National Security Adviser Ajit Doval- led China Study Group on Tuesday night.

At the Lt General-level assembly on Sunday, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China was adamant about not shifting again (eastwards or additional away from the LAC) from its place at Finger-4. The withdrawal of PLA troops from Finger-Four is likely one of the three circumstances set by India for restoration of the established order ante, as on April this 12 months.

Instead, China requested India to maneuver again to interrupt the impasse. The space west of Finger-Four was all the time firmly underneath Indian management and Beijing asking the Indian Army to maneuver again was not acceptable, sources stated. The 3-km buffer zone between troops of both aspect had been established already at Finger-Four as a part of the disengagement course of. “To ask us to move further away from the LAC was not acceptable,” added the sources.

Besides the stretch between Finger-Four and Finger-8, thought-about “grey area”, sources stated the opposite areas of rivalry are patrolling factors 17 and 17-A. The PLA hasn’t withdrawn from each.

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