You first: India tells China to disengage from friction points at military commander level talks
New Delhi, Sep 22: India has once again reiterated to China and said that it expects complete disengagement from the friction points.
During the military commander level talks held on Monday, India told China to disengage from Pangong Tso, Chushul and Gogra Hot Springs. Further India also sought for the finalisation of a roadmap for Des-escalation along the entire frontier in Eastern Ladakh.
India said that it would reciprocate the action, once China makes the first move. India wants China to make the first move as the latter created the face-off. Further the Indian side made it clear that if China does not make any move, then our troops are prepared for a long haul.
The talks were held in Moldo on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control. The commanders sat across the table after a gap of one and half months to discuss the situation at the border. The talks were held to explore ways to defuse tensions in eastern Ladakh.
The main focus of the meeting was on the implementation of a five-point agreement reached between the two countries.
Both sides reached the agreement to resolve the border row at a meeting between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on the sidelines of a Shanghai Cooperation Organisation(SCO) meet in Moscow on September 10.
The agreement included measures like quick disengagement of troops, avoiding action that could escalate tensions, adherence to all agreements and protocols on border management and steps to restore peace along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
The sources said the Indian Army also strengthened its dominance in over 20 strategic mountain heights around the northern and southern banks of Pangong lake as well as in the extended general area of Chushul in the last few days even as freezing conditions are gripping the area, the sources said.
Officials familiar with the development tell OneIndia that the Chinese side is not yet ready to disengage. The process may take longer and China will have to agree to major concessions, the official also said.
The meeting between delegations headed by 14 Corps Commander, Lt. General Harinder Singh and South Xinjiang Military District Chief, Major General Liu Lin began at 9.30 am and went on late into the night on Monday. There is however no official word on the final outcome of the talks.
For the first time, the Indian delegation comprised an official of the Ministry of External Affairs. Those part of the delegation also included Naveen Srivastava, MEA, Joint Secretary (East Asia) and Lt. General P K Menon, who will replace Lt General Singh as the 14 Corps Commander next month.