AjeyoLAST UPDATED: Sept. 24, 2020, 12:37 p.m.
Leh: With India and China engaged in a prolonged military standoff in Ladakh, both the Indian Army and the People's Liberation Army (PLA) have amassed huge numbers of troops and weapons along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
Both sides have conducted multiple rounds of military-level dialogue to resolve the dispute, but no breakthrough has been achieved yet.
According to the latest round of talks between high-ranking military commanders on both sides, India and China have agreed not to send more troops to the frontline in Ladakh in an effort to to bring down tensions.
The Chinese are insisting that India should vacate the forward posts it has established along the southern bank of the Pangong Tso and the Indian position being that a comprehensive disengagement plan is needed to resolve all friction points along the Line Actual Control (LAC).
“The two Foreign Ministers agreed that the current situation in the border areas is not in the interest of either side. They agreed therefore that the border troops of both sides should continue their dialogue, quickly disengage, maintain proper distance and ease tensions,” the statement said.
In a joint press release, which indicates a slight improvement in terms of diplomacy from the past where differing statements were released after talks both sides have agreed to hold another round of military commander talks, and 'take practical measures to properly solve problems on the ground'.
On Monday, military commanders engaged in conversations for almost 14 hours sources said that talks are now deadlocked and troops are set to stay at forward positions through the coming harsh winter months.
Chinese side raised objections to India occupying key passes and heights in the Chushul sub-sector, asking for the troops to be withdrawn immediately. India raised the issue of PLA troops changing the status quo in the Finger area on the northern bank of the Pangong lake, as well as other sectors.
Sources said that at the talks India insisted that it is for the People's Liberation Army (PLA) to initiate the disengagement process and the first start pulling back its troops should move back to the positions which existed before April 2020 in the area.
Both countries are expected to meet again to take forward the negotiations. The Army commanders meet will be followed by a meet between the two Foreign Ministers under WMCC format.