Talks over between military commanders of India, China

Cheryl Sanders
June 7, 2020

According to Indian Army's official spokesperson, "Both the Indian and Chinese officials remain engaged through the without specifically mentioning the talks, an Indian Army spokesperson said: "To address the current situation in the India-China border areas, officials of both countries remain engaged through the established military and diplomatic channels".

The Indian delegation was led by Lt General Harinder Singh, the general officer commanding of Leh-based 14 Corps, while the Chinese side was headed by the Commander of the Tibet Military District, sources further said.

The incident in Pangong Tso was followed by a similar incident in north Sikkim on May 9.

The other motive is de-escalation of forces across the Line of Actual Control.

India and China have been locked in a dispute over the heavy military build-up by PLA where they have brought in more than 5,000 troops along the Eastern Ladakh sector.

The positive approach by the two countries in addressing strain in ties came at a diplomatic dialogue through video conference between Naveen Srivastava, joint secretary (East Asia) in the external affairs ministry, and Wu Jianghao, director-general in China's foreign ministry.

Saturday's meeting took place after 12 rounds of talks between local commanders of the two armies and three rounds of discussions at the level of major general-rank officials could not produce any tangible outcome, the sources said. In the past, most disputes between China and India have been resolved quickly through such meetings while some required diplomatic intervention.

India would insist that China demolish recent construction at a disputed border area and withdraw its troops there as the two neighbours began talks to end a stalemate that started in April, officials with knowledge of the matter said.

Reports suggest that the Chinese side has deployed around 2,500 troops in these locations as well have been building their infrastructure and enhancing weaponry.

India is also likely to seek the removal of temporary camps erected by Chinese force after the violent face-offs on May 5 in which soldiers of two sides were assaulted and injured.

The likely trigger for the face-off was China's stiff opposition to India laying a key road in the Finger area around the Pangong Tso Lake and the construction of another road connecting the Darbuk-Shayok-Daulat Beg Oldie road in Galwan Valley.

The Chinese side had an objection to India constructing a major road in the Finger area which is around the Pangong Tso Lake. India has already decided not to stall any border infrastructure projects in eastern Ladakh in view of Chinese protests.

The border tension between India and China was among a range of important issues that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump discussed in a phone call on Tuesday, a week after Mr Trump claimed that he offered to mediate between India and China.

"India should not be fooled by the United States", it said, adding that the U.S. supports India every time China and India have conflicts to encourage New Delhi's confrontation against Beijing and to hype new border disputes.

Both sides have been asserting that pending the final resolution to the boundary issue, it is necessary to maintain peace and tranquillity in the area.

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