Standoff with China prone to be extended: Defence Ministry

New Delhi, August 6

The current stand-off with China is prone to be extended, mentioned Defence Ministry in a standing report on border stress in Eastern Ladakh. The ministry has put out an replace on Chinese aggression on Line of Actual Control on its web site.

The report said that the scenario in Eastern Ladakh arising from “unilateral aggression by China continues to be sensitive and requiring close monitoring and prompt action based on evolving situation.” The ministry said that Chinese aggression has been rising alongside the Line of Actual Control and extra notably in Galwan Valley since May 5, 2020.

The Chinese facet transgressed within the areas of Kugrang Nala, Gogra and north financial institution of Pangong Tso lake on May 17 and May 18.

“Consequent to this, ground level interactions were held between armed forces of both sides to defuse the situation. Corps Commander Level Flag Meeting was held on June 6. 2020. However, a violent face-off incident took place between the two sides on June 15, 2O2O, resulting in casualties of both sides,” the ministry said.

It additional identified that subsequently second Corps Commander-level assembly befell on June 22, 2020 to debate modalities of de-escalation course of.

“While engagement and dialogue at military and diplomatic level is continuing to arrive at mutually acceptable consensus the present stand-off is likely to be prolonged,” the report said. The report ended with saying that “prompt action based on evolving situation” needs to be taken.

The third assembly befell on June 30 and it went on for round 12 hours. During the assembly, all contentious areas of stand-off have been mentioned to stabilise the scenario.

China had agreed to maneuver again in Pangong Tso however didn’t. India claims Line of Actual Control at Finger eight and Chinese are sitting between Finger four and Finger 5. Similar, variations exist in Depsang and Demchok.

The fourth assembly befell on July 14 the place India and China navy delegates held deliberations about disengagement of troops and supplies on the borders for 15 lengthy hours. Indian delegates requested Chinese People’s Liberation Army troops to utterly withdraw from Pangong Lake and Depsang.

The fifth assembly that befell on August 2 made it clear that China’s dedication for disengagement on the border in Eastern Ladakh was non-committal and the Indian authorities directed armed forces to arrange for an extended haul. — IANS

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