India, China’s commanders to meet today to further ease tension
Signaling a reduction in tension on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh, the Indian and Chinese armies have mutually started pulling back their troops from the stand-off sites. While complete disengagement will take some more time, senior military commanders of both sides are expected to meet on Wednesday to work out the finer details.
The breakthrough came after a series of meetings between various levels of the military of both sides and diplomatic parleys culminating in the high-level meet on June 6. The Leh-based 14 Corps commander Lt General Harinder Singh and Tibet Region commander Major General Liu Lin conferred for more than five hours to resolve the more than month-long face-offs at four locations.
Three days later on Tuesday, both sides started disengaging by reducing troop strength at three confrontation points, sources said here. Moreover, the Chinese, at some places, pulled back more than two kms. These two encouraging moves came a day ahead of the proposed talks between Major Generals of the two armies, they added.
Besides the upcoming meet, local commanders will also hold talks at the four stand-off points in Pangong Tso (lake), Galwan valley, and Hot Springs areas. The frontage of these stand-offs is between 25 to 30 kms but confined to small pockets.
In fact, the Chinese intruded more than three kms in the Hot Springs and pitched tents.
Sources said the Chinese have also started removing the tents and temporary bunkers as part of the confidence-building measures. The Indian Army has also started pulling back its troops and vehicles.
Even as the senior commanders will meet in the next few days, the local battalion-level officers of the Indian and Chinese Armies have already started holding talks through the hotlines. Officials said these talks will pave the way for the likely agreement during the forthcoming parleys.
India is insisting that the status quo as in April at the LAC be maintained. Also, the Armies besides reducing troops will also pull back their personnel and artillery from the operational areas located about 20 kms on each side of the LAC. The next phase of bringing down the temperature at the LAC will comprise these steps besides the additional troops going back to their respective peacetime locations.
With China initially rapidly enhancing its troops and heavy vehicles at the confrontation spots, the Indian Army also had to ramp up its strength. Since the disengagement has now started, both the sides will also gradually pull back their troops, they added.
Signs of a thaw were evident on Monday when Defence Minister Rajnath Singh termed the commander level talks as positive and will continue. He also said the Government will ensure that India’s pride is not affected. “The border dispute between India and China has been ongoing for a long time. We want to resolve it as soon as possible,” the Defence Minister had said.
In Beijing, Hua Chunying, spokesperson of China’s Foreign Ministry, said China and India have maintained close communication on resolving border issues through diplomatic and military channels. She had also said the two countries agreed to work together to maintain peace and tranquility in border areas to create a favourable atmosphere for the stable development of bilateral relations between India and China.
Wednesday, 10 June 2020 | PNS | New Delhi
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