New Delhi: China has made a slight retreat at Galwan Valley, one of the flashpoints leading to standoff with India, in Ladakh region on Wednesday, sources said. In a bid to resolve the issue, the China’s People’s Liberation Army moved back two kilometers and Indian Army moved back by one kilometer.
However, at another flashpoint Pangong Tso (lake), troops from both sides are stationed and are camping over there. This would be the main focus of the meeting on June 6 between top military officers of India and China.
Sources said that the Chinese are camping permanently at Finger 4 that has been under Indian control. “This needs to be resolved on urgent note,” said a top Indian Army officer.
Further, Northern Army Commander Lieutenant General YK Joshi has reached Ladakh to review the ground situation and he is going to remain till Thursday.
In addition, India and China military representatives carried out talks to resolve the ongoing face off in Eastern Ladakh.
Division Commander Level Meeting was held between the Major General rank officers of the two sides on Tuesday afternoon to resolve the issue but in the end it remained “inconclusive”.
Another round of talks between Indian and Chinese military leaders will be held on June 6. Indian Army Chief MM Naravane is confident enough that the stand-off would be resolved at military level talks, sources said.
Indian Army and China’s PLA held several meetings to resolve the face off. However, no breakthrough has taken place.
In the meantime, China has sent a large number of troops to the Line of Actual Control as reinforcement. Seeing this, Indian Army has also deployed forces accordingly.
There are four places where there is an eyeball to eyeball situation since May 5 at Line of Actual Control. Both sides have deployed over 1,000 troops in eyeball to eyeball situations at all four places.
The trigger for the face-off was China’s stiff opposition to India laying a key road in the Finger area around the Pangong Tso (lake) besides construction of another road connecting the Darbuk-Shayok-Daulat Beg Oldie road in Galwan Valley.
Sources said that the current standoff in Ladakh is not the usual patrolling faceoff but part of the new combative strategy that was rolled out by China after Doklam.Read More