On Tuesday, in an attempt to defuse tensions Popping on Indo-China LAC, India and China held a Fresh round of military talks.
On the night of August, 29 Chinese troops carried out aggressive movements along the LAC to change the status quo on the Southern Bank of Pangong Tso. Reports say that this was an attempt to open a new front for the ongoing face-off between the two neighbors.
And to defuse these clashes a discussion at the brigade commander level took place in Chushul on Tuesday. Reportedly, The talks were opposing, and in words of the Indian army, they are committed enough to maintain the peace and the tranquillity through dialogue, but they are also equally certain to guard the Indian territorial unification. Though no operational details have been shared by the army. As yet, the Indian Army has significantly strengthened its presence and vigilance at a number of “strategic heights” and positions by enhancing the deployment of troops and weapons around the Pangong lake.
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What happened last weekend at the Pangong Tso lake.
Pangong lake is a 135-km long lake, located in the Himalayas, stretches out from India to China. One-third of the water body, its 45 km stretch, is in Indian control while the rest of the 90 km is under Chinese control. This particular place has been a subject of headlines for decades.
Last weekend on 29th of August both the troops got into a clash over the southern part of the lake and as of now, Chinese troops entrenched in the heights of Finger 4 – one of eight mountain spurs protruding into the Pangong Tso lake along the northern border and are refusing to move back to their previously held position at Finger 8.
Tensions have been soaring high ever since India first detected intrusions by the Chinese troops into its territorial boundaries in early May. They were worsened by a violent clash between soldiers of the two sides on 15 June at Galway valley in which 20 Indian soldiers and an uncounted number of Chinese soldiers were killed.
The Dragon’s reaction to this.
According to the statement of the Chinese embassy’s spokesperson, India trespassed the actual line of control last weekend and has violated China’s territorial sovereignty.
The tone and content of the statement mirrored the one issued a day earlier by the Chinese military. It came after the Indian Army in a statement on Monday said that Chinese troops had tried to entrench the Indian territory along the southern bank of the Pangong Tso lake in Ladakh.
Zhao Lijian the Spokesperson of the Chinese foreign ministry, said, “Chinese border troops always strictly abide by the LAC. They never cross the line. Border troops on the two sides have been in close communication regarding the issues on the ground”
Military option on the table if LAC talks fail – Army Chief General Bipin Rawat
With reference to the diplomatic and military talks on resolving the military standoff between Indian and Chinese troops along the Line of Actual Control, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat Monday said India has “military options” to deal with transgressions by the Chinese army in Ladakh, but it will be exercised only if the talks at the military and diplomatic levels fail.
This is the first time when a senior military officer has spoken publicly on the “transgressions by the Chinese” and the option of military force to deal with the border crisis in Ladakh.
India has been demanding the status quo ante of troops on both sides returning to locations before the standoff. Failing to achieve a breakthrough, India has begun preparing for extended deployment on the LAC.
The Indo-Chinese relations are worsening day by day, the entire scenario making the world rethink on the stability of any diplomatic relations.