LAC row: Senior army commanders of India, China to satisfy on Monday

Ajay Banerjee

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, Sept 20

After having failed to interrupt the impasse over army deployment alongside the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, senior Military commanders of India and China have been but once more tasked to satisfy once more on Monday, September 21.

Lt General-level officers of the 2 sides will meet, stated sources on Sunday. It would be the sixth such assembly since June 6 and it begins at 9 am on the Chinese garrison of Moldo situated reverse Chushul on the Indian facet. It can be near the latest flare when bullet pictures have been fired on Sept 7.

Sources confirmed the Lt General-level assembly is deliberate to implement on floor the discussions which have taken place in Moscow on September four and September 10, respectively. Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar had met their respective counterparts at these two conferences. A five-point de-escalation programme was additionally launched.

The two sides will actually, begin from scratch as earlier efforts of 5 conferences on the Lt General-Level between June 6 and August 2 led to failure. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA), China, backtracked on agreements to disengage and de-escalate from alongside the LAC.

In these seven 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 are contemporary areas of confrontation just like the 70-km stretch alongside the southern a part of the Pangong Tso, a 135-km glacial-melt lake. Thirdly, an absence of belief has crept in. The Indian Army will go for a ‘wait and watch’ whereas assessing PLA’s motives.

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

Apart from the conferences of Lt General officers, on August 8, Major General-level assembly was performed to scale back tensions on the Depsang plains, to scale back troop mobilisation and war-waging gear on either 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.

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