At least five rounds of talks between India and China troops to reduce tensions in Ladakh’s Pangong Tso Lake and Galvan Valley failed this week. In fact, both sides have continued their aggressive offensive in the disputed border areas. Government sources gave this information on Friday (May 22).
Sources said that the Indian Army has deployed its troops at par with the Chinese troops at both Pangong Tso Lake and Galvan Valley. Both areas have seen large deployment of additional troops in the last two weeks. He said that there is little scope to reduce tension in the coming times as both sides are frozen on their respective front.
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It is believed that diplomatic channels are also working overtime to reduce tensions between the armies of the two countries. This tension has arisen after China objected to India’s construction of a road in the Galvan Valley. The two sides have strengthened their presence along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh since a confrontation between some soldiers of the two countries on May 5 and another similar incident in North Sikkim on May 9.
According to sources, local commanders of both the armies will continue talks till the issue is resolved. Amid increasing tension along the border with China, India said on Thursday (May 21) that China was obstructing normal patrolling of Indian troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh and Sikkim. At the same time, India also rejected Beijing’s allegations of infiltration of Indian troops into Chinese territory.
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The Ministry of External Affairs had said that all the activities of India along the border have been on the Indian side and New Delhi has always taken a very responsible attitude towards border management. The ministry also said that India is fully committed to ensuring its sovereignty and security. Significantly, two days before this, China on Tuesday (May 19) accused the Indian Army of infiltration into its territory and claimed that it would change the “position” of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Sikkim and Ladakh. There is a unilateral effort.
In Pangong Tso Lake and Galvan Valley, many areas adjoining the LAC have also seen large numbers of troops from both sides. The areas around Galvan have been the cause of conflict between the two sides for more than six decades. In 1962, there was a confrontation regarding this area. Sources said that China has put at least 40-50 tents in the Galvan valley, after which India has sent additional troops.
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On May 5, about 250 soldiers from India and China clashed with iron rods and sticks in the Pegong Lake area of eastern Ladakh. There was also stone pelting on both sides. Soldiers of both countries were injured in this incident. In another similar incident, on May 9, about 150 soldiers from both countries clashed near the Naku La Pass in the Sikkim sector. According to sources, at least 10 soldiers from both sides were injured in the incident.
In 2017, there was a 73-day standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in the Doklam Tiraha region, raising fears of war between the two countries. There is a dispute between India and China over the 3,488-km-long border called the Line of Actual Control. China claims Arunachal Pradesh to be a part of southern Tibet, while India says it is an integral part of it. China has been condemning India’s move to reorganize Jammu and Kashmir and make Ladakh a union territory. Beijing claims its claim to many parts of Ladakh.
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The first informal summit was held in April 2018 in the Chinese city of Wuhan between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, months after the Doklam standoff. At the summit, the two leaders decided to issue “strategic guidelines” to strengthen their armies for mutual trust and understanding. The second informal summit between Modi and Xi was held in October last year. It was held in Mamallapuram near Chennai, with a focus on further expanding bilateral relations.