Avoiding Armaggeddon along the Line of Actual Control
NEW DELHI | JULY 14, 2020:
Central Government sources, on July 14, informed that the Indian and Chinese military forces have begun a crucial round of negotiations to finalize a framework, for a time-bound disengagement process from the friction points of Pangong Tso and Depsang. They also discussed pulling back a large number of troops and weapons from rear bases along the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh.
The fourth round of the Lieutenant General-level talks began at a meeting point in Chushul on the Indian side of the LAC, the de-facto border between the two countries.
The Indian delegation is led by Lieutenant Gen Harinder Singh, commander of the Leh-based 14 Corps, while Major General Liu Lin, commander of the South Xinjiang military region, was scheduled to lead the Chinese side.
The main focus of the high-level meeting was to roll out phase two of the disengagement process including in Pangong Tso and Depsang, besides the withdrawal of forces and weapons from the rear bases in a time-bound manner.
The two sides are expected to finalize a roadmap for the overall restoration of peace and tranquillity in the high-altitude region that witnessed a bitter standoff between the troops.
Talks for the implementation of the first phase of the disengagement process from the friction points are taking place.
In a mutually agreed decision, the two sides created a minimum buffer zone of three kilometres in most of the friction points where they were locked in a standoff. The formal process of disengagement of troops began on June 6 in a nearly two-hour telephonic conversation between National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval and Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, on ways to bring down tension in the area.
The two countries have already held three rounds of Lieutenant General-level talks where the last one took place on June 30 during which both sides agreed on an "expeditious, phased and stepwise de-escalation" as a way to end the standoff.