New Delhi: The Brigade Commander-level talks between India and China remained inconclusive over the recent Chinese provocations in Pangong lake area in eastern Ladakh, a report said on Wednesday. The Army officials of both the Asian giants met today for the third consecutive day to defuse tensions. The high-level deliberation took place in Chulsul area.
The military-level talks were also held on Monday and Tuesday but there was no “tangible outcome”.
The Indian Army on Monday said that China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) carried out provocative military movements” to “unilaterally” change the status quo on the southern bank of Pangong lake on the intervening night of August 29 and 30. Army Spokesperson Col Aman Anand said the Indian forces learned about the PLA’s intentions and in a pre-emptive move, thwarted the attempt.
As per IANS report, New Delhi has objected to Chinese deployment in areas near Black Top and Helmet Top and asked the ‘Dragon’ to pull back its troops from Thakung base in Indian territory.
Since May, India and China have been engaged in a bitter border standoff in the eastern Ladakh area. The relations between the two countries deteriorated after the Galwan Valley clash in which the Indian Army lost its 20 soldiers. Reports have said that the PLA suffered around 35-40 casualties in the clash. However, there has been no official confirmation from the Chinese side so far.
India China standoffSituation tense along the LAC in Pangong area; Indian and Chinese troops within firing range of each other
Following the Galwan clash in June, both the countries mutually decided to disengage from the several friction points in Ladakh. However, the latest provocation by the PLA have further raised tensions along the Line of Actual Control.
Amid the tensed situation, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday chaired a meeting with by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, Army Chief Gen MM Naravane and Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria to assess the situation in eastern Ladakh.
The Indian Air force (IAF) has deployed almost all its frontline fighter jets like Sukhoi 30 MKI, Jaguar and Mirage 2000 aircraft in airbases which are near the LAC.
Reports claim that China has deployed J-20 long-range fighter jets and other military equipment in strategically located Hotan airbase.