| New Delhi |
October 5, 2020 four:47:43 am
EVEN AS the armies of either side put together to dig in for the winter, with no signal of any main breakthrough in border talks, the seventh assembly of senior army commanders of India and China will happen on October 12 in a recent bid to discover a decision to the five-month standoff in jap Ladakh.
For India, it will likely be the final time that Lt Common Harinder Singh, the XIV Corps Commander who led the primary six rounds of discussions, shall be part of the engagement. His one-year tenure involves an finish on October 14 following which he’ll take cost of the Indian Army Academy (IMA).
Lt Common P G Okay Menon, who will take over from Singh, was a part of the final assembly of Corps Commanders on September 21 and shall be current on the newest spherical too. The earlier assembly on September 21 was additionally the primary since Might wherein a diplomat was current from the Indian aspect — Naveen Srivastava, Joint Secretary (East Asia) within the Ministry of Exterior Affairs.
Srivastava has been representing India on the Working Mechanism for Session and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC), which has met 5 occasions since Might. At its earlier assembly on September 30, the WMCC had determined that the subsequent assembly of Senior Commanders “must be held at an early date in order that either side can work in direction of early and full disengagement of the troops alongside the LAC (Line of Precise Management)…”
The Chinese language delegation has thus far been led by Main Common Liu Lin, commander of the South Xinjiang Army Area. In a joint assertion after the final assembly, the 2 sides had agreed to not escalate the scenario on the bottom and “earnestly implement the necessary consensus reached by the leaders of the 2 nations”.
China and India have hardened their stances since September 21. China had stated final week that it doesn’t recognise the brand new Union Territory of Ladakh, and that it’s against India constructing infrastructure there “for army management functions”. China had additionally acknowledged that the “China-India border LAC could be very clear, that’s the LAC on November 7, 1959”.
Reacting sharply, the Exterior Affairs Ministry had acknowledged that India has “by no means accepted the so-called unilaterally outlined 1959 Line of Precise Management”, and that it’s “untenable”.
Even after 5 rounds of WMCC talks, six rounds of discussions between Corps Commanders, and conferences between the defence and overseas ministers of either side, no additional disengagement and eventual de-escalation is in sight.
India and China have round 50,000 troops every within the area, together with extra artillery, tanks and air defence belongings.
India needs troops from either side to maneuver again to their positions of April-end. And whereas India has been demanding a decision for the scenario in jap Ladakh, China has insisted on first resolving the scenario within the Chushul sub-sector. At a number of factors on the Finger four ridgeline on the north financial institution of Pangong Tso, and on sure heights within the Chushul sub-sector, Indian and Chinese language troops are barely just a few hundred metres aside.
The temperature in a few of these areas has already began dipping to -10 diploma Celsius, and because the winter will begin setting in quickly, either side must relook a few of the positions the place troops are positioned at heights of over 16,000 ft.
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