Ladakh Standoff: Much road to cover between India, China despite Pangong Tso disengagement
Disengagement at Pangong Tso in Ladakh has been completed between the Indian Army and the People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China, but India will always have to be cautious as the Chinese cannot be trusted.
New Delhi: Disengagement at Pangong Tso in Ladakh has been completed between the Indian Army and the People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China, but India will always have to be cautious as the Chinese cannot be trusted.
People involved in India-China affairs said the withdrawal of the two forces from Pangong Tso was only the beginning of a process, with more efforts still needed to restore China to a completely normal state of bilateral relations.
On the condition of anonymity, people involved in the matter said that what would be China's next step at the bilateral or multilateral level to reduce tensions at the border would be closely watched.
Those involved in the case described the Indian Army and Chinese PLA's recent withdrawal from the northern and southern banks of Pangong Tso as a good start, but cautioned that more needs to be done to resolve the dispute over other points of confrontation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
"A lot of things have gone wrong between India and China and the work of correcting things has now started. We have to get things back on track before we talk about moving forward," an official said.
After the completion of the disengagement at Pangong Lake, a 10th round of talks was held between senior military commanders of India and China on February 20, with other points of confrontation such as the withdrawal of the army from Gogra, Hot Springs and Depsang areas. There was a discussion on the issue of, but so far no success has been achieved in this direction.
In a joint statement issued for the 10th round of military meeting, the withdrawal of the two forces from Pangong Lake was an important step and said that the two sides continue to negotiate for a mutually acceptable solution to the remaining issues in a stable and systematic manner. Will keep Explain that the Chinese army will also have to retreat from Gogra, Hot Springs and Depsang areas, only then can the situation be normal.
However, people associated with the matter said that there would be no immediate indication of when the next round of talks with the Chinese side would be, diplomatic or military level talks. Experts warned that the Chinese Foreign Ministry's statement supporting India's presidency of the BRICS group for 2021 should not be overrated. Explain that China has supported India to host the BRICS summit.