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14th round of India-China military talks yield ‘no positive’ result, says report

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A file photo of India army and PLA troops at the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh.

New Delhi: The military talks between India and China have yet again failed as 14th round of dialogue between the two countries on Wednesday did not yield any ‘positive’ result.

However, both countries decide to work towards mutually acceptable solutions to resolving the Ladakh Line of Actual Control (LAC) stand-off.  The next round is expected to be held soon, reports said.

While both sides are scheduled to come out with press statements today, the Indian side clearly failed to persuade the PLA towards disengagement from Gogra-Hot Springs near Kongka La as well as resolving patrolling rights issues in Depsang Bulge in Daulet Beg Oldi sector and Charding Nullah Junction in Demchok sector, Hindustan Times reported.

In pure diplomatic language, the report said talks were constructive without any positive outcome and reaching mutually acceptable solutions is work in progress.

This means both the Indian Army and the PLA commanders will continue to engage in future but there is no guarantee on whether the PLA will restore April 2020 status quo ante in Gogra-Hot Springs or resolve the Depsang Bulge or CNJ issue.

As per the report, the Indian army apparently raised the issue of PLA building a bridge over Pangong Tso, east of Srijap Complex, for faster troop deployment and rapid militarisation of the occupied Aksai Chin area by the Chinese Army all along the 597-km Ladakh LAC.

Fact is that the PLA with new border law and rapid military and technological upgradation on their side of the unresolved LAC is converting the 3,488 km line into Line of Control, it added.

Both the Indian and PLA armies are locked in the stand-off and are fully deployed with more than three divisions of troops on each side with missile, rocket, artillery and tank regiments apart from the Air Force being on standby in the hinterland.

 

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