The 14th round of military talks was constructive but without any positive results. Indian Army and PLA commanders will meet again while working on mutually acceptable solutions.

The 14th round of the Indo-Chinese military dialogue on Wednesday did not yield any positive results, but the two countries decide to work on mutually acceptable solutions to resolve the Ladakh ALC impasse. The next round should be held soon to continue the momentum of the discussions.

While both sides are expected to issue press statements today, the Indian side has clearly failed to persuade the PLA to disengage from Gogra-Hot Springs near Kongka La as well as resolve rights issues. patrol at Depsang Bulge in the Daulet Beg Oldi and Charding Nullah area. Junction in the Demchok sector.

In purely diplomatic language, the talks were constructive without any positive results and reaching mutually acceptable solutions is a work in progress. This means that the Indian Army and PLA commanders will continue to engage in the future, but there is no guarantee that the PLA will restore the April 2020 status quo to Gogra-Hot Springs or resolve the issue. Depsang Bulge or CNJ.

The Indian military has apparently raised the issue of building a bridge by the PLA over Pangong Tso, east of the Srijap complex, for faster deployment of troops and rapid militarization of the occupied area. of Aksai Chin by the Chinese army throughout the 597 km of Ladakh LAC.

The point is that the PLA with a new border law and a rapid military and technological upgrade on its side of the unresolved LAC converts the 3,488 km line into a line of control.

The Indian and PLA armies have been stuck in an impasse throughout Ladakh LAC since the Chinese army, on instructions from President Xi Jinping’s Central Military Commission, decided to unilaterally modify the LAC and impose the cartographic line rejected from 1959 on Ladakh LAC in May 2020 The PLA by transgressing in Pangong Tso, Galwan, region of Gogra-Hot Springs in May 2020 broke the bilateral peace and tranquility agreements of 1993 and 1996 signed in Heads of State level.

While for Chinese wolf-war diplomats this is the new normal, the Modi government has rejected these assaults and decided to keep bilateral relations in cold storage until Beijing does not resolve Ladakh LAC.


    Author of Indian Mujahideen: The Enemy Within (2011, Hachette) and Himalayan Face-off: Chinese Assertion and Indian Riposte (2014, Hachette). Recipient of the K Subrahmanyam Prize for Strategic Studies in 2015 by the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defense Studies and Analysis (MP-IDSA) and the 2011 Ben Gurion Prize by Israel.
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