Top Indian Chinese corps commander during the 12th round of meeting agreed to a speedy resolution of outstanding border issues on the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The meeting was held at the Chushul-Moldo border to discuss de-escalation in Eastern Ladakh.
The dialogue between India and China focused on the disengagement of Chinese military troops from friction points in Eastern Ladakh. The Gogra and Hot Springs have not achieved complete disengagement until now. The meeting on Saturday was held to reduce border tension between India and China. The attempt was done to reach an understanding of the disengagement of Chinese troops from Gogra and Hot Springs.
A senior military official said, “Some progress was made during the talks, and we are inching towards working out a disengagement plan for Hot Springs and Gogra. We are looking forward to positive outcomes in future talks”. As per the statement released the in-depth exchange of talks to resolve the tension was constructive. Resolution of the remaining border issues will be done in an expeditious manner as per the protocols and agreement.
India and China border tensions increased last year. The Galwan valley issue witnessed deadly skirmishes between armies of both nations on the North and South bank of Pangong Tso. The joint statement stated that effective efforts will be ensured by the two nations in enduring stability along the LAC. Peace and tranquility will be maintained.
Former Northern Army commander Lieutenant General DS Hooda (retd) hailed the exchange of talks between India and China. However he said that the disengagement will not happen quickly, extensive discussion will be required both militarily and diplomatically.
The Chinese military deployments in the hot Springs, Gogra, and Depsang have obstructed the Indian Army’s patrolling. Heavy deployment of troops near the border increases the tension of national security. The Indian side should actively ensure that disengagement of Chinese troops happens quickly.