AkasnhLAST UPDATED: Aug. 9, 2020, 8:17 p.m.
Leh: The military level talks between India and China over the standoff in eastern Ladakh continues to be at a deadlock.
During the latest round of dialogue, which are being spearheaded by Major General level officers from both armies, India has told China to pull back its troops and stop the construction activities in the Depsang-Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) sector of eastern Ladakh.
India also held expansive talks in taking forward the fencing process along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) at a number of friction points including in the Pangong Tso sector.
According to a TOI report, the heavy and permanent presence of Chinese troops in Depsang can threaten India’s access routes to the logistical hub and airstrip at DBO and the Karakoram Pass in the north.
The People Liberation Army (PLA) has deployed 12,000 troops along with tanks and artillery guns from its 4th Motorised Infantry Division and 6th Mechanised Infantry Division along the LAC across the Depsang-DBO sector.
In response, India has deployed a couple of infantry brigades and an armored brigade in the region.
The Major general-level talks began at 11 am at a border personnel meeting point in Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO) area on the Chinese side of the LAC and ended at 7:30 pm.“The two sides discussed various finer details on taking forward the disengagement process in the friction points where the withdrawal of Chinese troops is yet to complete,” said a source on Saturday's talks.
The Indian delegation was headed by Major General Abhijit Bapat, General Officer Commanding of the 3 Infantry Division.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said that there is a huge premium on reaching “some kind of equilibrium or understanding” between the two nuclear-armed nations adding that it is equally in Beijing’s interest.
The world has a lot riding on India and China given their size and the impact, he further added.
China was also adamant about not withdrawing from Pangong Tso. India had laid down the condition for China to retreat and maintain the status quo of April to reduce tension on the LAC. Now China is asking India to step back. The Chinese Army is also not withdrawing from the Patrolling Points 17 and 17-A of Gogra Hot Spring and following the disengagement process.
The Ministry of Defense has uploaded a document on its website, in which it has admitted that from May, China has been continuously increasing its progress on LAC. Especially in areas like Galvan Valley, Pangong Tso, Gogra Hot Spring, China is increasing its agitation. This aggressive form of China has been seen on LAC since May 5. On May 5 and 6, there was a violent clash between the army of India and China in Pangong Tso.