AjeyoLAST UPDATED: Sept. 16, 2020, 10:33 a.m.
Leh: There seems to be no end in sight to the military confrontation between India and China at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh as the People's Liberation Army (PLA) attempts to regain its lost advantage after the Indian Army captured several dominant heights in the region.
Tensions between India and China are increasing every day at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh.
Meanwhile, there has been a new revelation about firing on the LAC. According to the Indian Express, there was firing between the Indian Army and the PLA near the northern shore of Pangong Lake.
The shootout took place before the meeting between India's foreign minister S.K. Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Moscow on September 10.
According to an Indian Army officer, 100-200 rounds were fired by both sides at the place where the ridgelines Finger-3 and Finger-4 meet before continuing north as one ridgeline. The firing occurred during the time the forces of the two countries were patrolling in the Finger area to strengthen their hold.
"On the north bank, 100-200 rounds were fired by both sides. This was near the ridge of Finger 3 and Finger 4, and from where it starts climbing up,” the officer was quoted as saying by the Indian Express.
Till now no official statement has been made about this incident from either China or India. The incident of firing warning shots by soldiers of the Indian Army and the PLA had taken place at the Chushul sector earlier.
According to sources, there have been three incidents of firing on the LAC in Ladakh between the Indian Army and the PLA of China.
At many places along the LAC in Ladakh, Indian Army troops and Chinese soldiers of the PLA are just 300-500 meters away from each other.
The official said that tensions remain extremely high on the ground as the next round of talks between the core commanders of the two sides is awaited.
India has reorganized its position on the northern shore of the Pangong lake with the Indian Army capturing several dominant heights from the PLA. Chinese soldiers are sitting on the ridge of Finger 4, which is 8 kilometres west of Finger 8, which India considers as the LAC. In this area too, soldiers from both sides are positioned less than 500 meters away from each other.
"However, the situation has calmed down and the focus has shifted towards dialogue," the official said.
The two sides have agreed to hold another round of talks at the level of corps commanders, although a date has not been set. The official indicated that this time, an External Affairs Ministry official may also be involved in the talks.