India and China’s border conflict in Ladakh region has triggered massive military build-up on both sides of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the last few weeks. Both New Delhi and Beijing have accused each other of overstepping the border. Amid the tense standoff, India and China held military-level talks at Chushul-Moldo point to “peacefully” resolve the situation. They have identified five locations of conflict where they will meet on a regular basis over the next ten days to resolve the issues.
Military delegations to hold further talks at five conflict locations
China and India are engaging via both diplomatic and military channels. China’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said during a media briefing that the “two sides will work to maintain peace and tranquility along the border and create a good atmosphere.” She added that the situation was “stable and controllable.”
For the military-level talks, leading the Indian delegation was 14 Corps Commander Lt Gen Harinder Singh. Maj Gen Liu Lin, the commander of South Xinjiang Military Region of PLA, headed the Chinese delegation. The two sides agreed to resolve the disputes while adhering to bilateral agreements.
Sources familiar with the matter told NewsX that the military delegations have identified five conflict locations – Patrol Points 14, 15, 17, North Bank of Pangsong Tso lake and Chushul. Over the next ten days, both sides will meet regularly at these conflict points to sort out the issues. The first meeting is scheduled for June 10th.
India China border conflict: Troops retreat but situation remains tense
Both armies have retreated after the talks, but only slightly. India and China still have fully prepared armed forces and military equipment just a few kilometers from the border. India has continued the construction of the DBO road and an emergency air strip despite objections by China. New Delhi argued that the construction work was well within the Indian borders.
Though the armies have retreated a bit, the Chinese army has increased its activities in the air. Over the last few days, Chinese helicopters have been flying near the border. Sources told NewsX that the helicopters were providing assistance and supplies to troops on the ground. The PLA has also brought armored vehicles, heavy artillery, air defense radars, jammers, and Rocket forces close to the border.