New Delhi, Jan 25: The 9th round of the India China Corps Commander level talks ended at 2.30 am on Monday. The meeting lasted for over 15 hours and began at 11 am on Sunday at Moldo opposite Chushul in the Eastern Ladakh sector.
The talks were held after a gap of over two and half months. Officials familiar with the developments told OneIndia that the onus is on China to carry forward the process of disengagement and escalation at the friction points.
New Delhi, Jan 12: Even as the Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat and Air Force Chief, Air Chief Marshal, R K S Bhadauria visited Ladakh on Monday and discussed the operational issues with the senior officers of the Air Force and Army, it has been found that the Chinese are continuing to build infrastructure near the various friction points.
Sources tell OneIndia that the Chinese infrastructure continues to be built in the various friction points including the Spanggur Gap and Galwan Valley. India on the other hand too is building infrastructure.
New Delhi, Jan 11: Colonel B Santosh Babu of the 16 Bihar battalion and five Indian Army soldiers who fought the Chinese bravely at the Galwan Valley will be honoured posthumously with gallantry medals on Republic Day.
The Indian troops had retaliated bravely when the Chinese troops refused to withdraw from a location near Patrolling Point 14. In the Galwan Valley clash, 20 Indian soldiers had laid down their lives, but had inflicted severe casualties on the Chinese troops.
New Delhi, Jan 11: India and China have maintained communication at the ground level to avoid any “misunderstandings and misjudgments” even as discussions continue for achieving complete disengagement in all friction areas, the Ministry of External Affairs said.
However senior officials tell OneIndia that the disengagement process is expected to take longer. This is because of the upcoming 100 year anniversary celebrations of the Chinese Communist Party planned in July. President Xi Jinping would want to showcase a strong position. Moreover the standoff with India along the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh, provides President Xi, the perfect opportunity to divert the nation’s attention from the poor handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
New Delhi, Jan 05: In its year end review of major developments, the Defence Ministry said that the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) escalated the situation in the sensitive Ladakh theatre by using unorthodox weapons and also amassed a large number of troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
The review published on January 1 said that the Indian Army assisted by the Indian Air Force mobilised troops, accretionary forces, artillery guns, tanks and ammunition at a swift pace to deal with the emerging situation.
New Delhi, Dec 29: There has been no word on the ninth round of military dialogue between India and China.
This round of talks is extremely crucial as both sides are likely to work out written disengagement and de-escalation agreement. When asked as to what could be delaying the talks, officials familiar with the developments said that it could be due to the change in guard on the Chinese side with a newly appointed PLA Western Theatre Commander General Zhang Xudong. He took over from General Zhao Zongqi on December 21. General Zhao is said to be the architect of the 2017 Doklam standoff and also the one in Eastern Ladakh in May 2020.
New Delhi, Dec 01: New Delhi is waiting for certain clarifications on the disengagement roadmap as it prepares to hold the ninth round of military commander level talks with China.
Answers are awaited from Beijing and step by step disengagement would be detailed in writing, if the clarifications are satisfactory to both sides, officials familiar with the developments tell OneIndia.