New Delhi: With the failure of the final round of India-China Corps Commander-level talks to de-escalate tensions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), India’s strategic community is concerned about a clash along the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh. and that Beijing may not be able to maintain regular lines of contact.
While India was not expecting any significant progress on the disengagement issue due to China’s recent actions to deploy more troops along the LAC, this time Beijing’s remarks, as ThePrint has found, India’s ‘unreasonable demand’ has made strategic sources in New Delhi apprehensive that it could again lead to a ‘Galwan-like provocative incident’.
According to sources, while the coming winter may be difficult for the Indian soldiers, a new round of violence, including possible use of firearms, may also start by March-April next year.
Sources also say that this time the Chinese have also indicated to ‘change their perspective’ on the communication links.
Ever since the current standoff on the LAC began in April-May 2020, the two sides have mainly followed a three-pronged approach to mutual dialogue – regular talks at diplomatic and military levels as well as Indian External Affairs Minister S. There remains a dialogue path between Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.
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Apart from all this, talks have also taken place between National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and top Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi. In fact, Doval and Yang Yi had agreed on a disengagement plan after the 2020 talks.
Sources said the talks this time failed because China had appointed General Wang Haijiang to replace General Xu Qiling, who was promoted in July, and as a result a “smooth atmosphere” for talks could not be achieved. .
General Wang is the fourth commander of China’s Western Theater Command since the standoff on the LAC began. China’s Central Military Commission (CMC), which heads the PLA, took the decision to bring him to the post in September itself.
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While the disengagement work has been completed in Pangong Tso area and Gogra Post, the standoff is still going on at Patrolling Point 15 (PP15) in Hot Springs, Depsang Plains and Demchok area.
There are six to seven hotlines between India and China, yet little progress has been made in mutual talks. A major plan to address this issue with the establishment of a hotline at the DGMO level is still unfinished.
According to a source, this winter, both sides are in a very tense situation but India is fully prepared to face any kind of challenge.
Lt Gen Rakesh Sharma (Retd), a Distinguished Fellow at the Center for Land Warfare Studies, said, “The challenges are likely to continue because of the hot springs and Demchok. The Chinese have now made it a sovereignty issue, which is a matter of concern. Earlier they were saying that it is only a regional issue. Attention should be given to this.’
Sharma said, ‘This kind of situation has never happened before. This is not the case as it used to be in other border incidents with China. We cannot match it with any other matter… India may have to come up with a new proposal to continue talks with China. And we should stop talking about peace and harmony all the time. Now the situation has started getting worse in Tawang as well.
India is now in close talks with China
During the last round of military-level talks on October 11, which was the 13th round of talks between the armies of the two countries, some strong words were used by both sides.
On the one hand, India says that it has made some constructive suggestions to resolve the deadlock in the remaining areas, but it found that the Chinese side “did not agree with them and could not make any forward-looking proposal from its side”.
On the other hand, the Chinese PLA said that India ‘still abides by its unreasonable and unrealistic demands, which have only added to the difficulties in this dialogue’.
Gautam Bambawale, former Ambassador of India to China, says, “India-China bilateral relations have deteriorated unprecedentedly in the past year and a half and will continue to deteriorate further. So the whole country has to be ready for the coming changes.
“Unlike last time, the Indian Army is now very well prepared for winter, we have better infrastructure and better equipment,” he says.
On Wednesday, India also strongly criticized China’s remarks on Vice President Venkaiah Naidu’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said on Wednesday, “Arunachal Pradesh is an integral and inseparable part of India. Indian leaders regularly visit the state of Arunachal Pradesh as they do in any other state of India. It is beyond the logic and understanding of the Indian people to IG objection to Indian leaders visiting a state in India itself.
Bagchi also said, “In addition, as we have mentioned earlier, the current situation along the LAC in the western part of the India-China border areas is due to unilateral efforts by the Chinese side to change the status quo through violation of bilateral agreements.” The reason has arisen.’
“Therefore, we expect the Chinese side to work towards an early resolution of the remaining issues along the LAC in eastern Ladakh by fully adhering to bilateral agreements and protocols, rather than trying to link unrelated issues among themselves,” Bagchi said. Will Work.’
He was responding to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian’s comments that the “Chinese government has never recognized the so-called Arunachal Pradesh unilaterally and illegally established by the Indian side” and that no Indian in the area concerned. Strongly opposes the leader’s visit.
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