The 17th round of the corps commanders meeting, held at the Chushul-Moldo border meeting point on the Chinese side on December 20, saw India urge China to soon and completely withdraw. troops at the remaining points of friction, including at Demchok and depsang. There is no sign of any breakthrough in the negotiations.
The untangling key to normalizing relations: India and China
At the 17th round of the India-China corps commander-in-chief meeting, both sides said that based on the progress made after the last meeting in July this year, they exchanged views on resolving the issue. “relevant matters” along the regional LAC. the West in an open and constructive manner.
“The two sides had a frank and in-depth exchange, closely following the direction of state leaders to jointly resolve outstanding issues as soon as possible, contributing to restoring peace and tranquility along the LAC in the region. West and allow progress in bilateral relations,” the press release said.
“In the interim, the two sides agreed to maintain security and stability on the ground in the western region. The two sides agreed to stay in close contact and maintain dialogue through military and diplomatic channels, and find the earliest acceptable solution to the remaining issues,” the statement added. .
India insists that de-engagement, followed by de-escalation, is essential for bilateral relations to return to normal. However, China believes that the border situation in eastern Ladakh is no longer as severe as in 2020, when the military confrontation began, and wants to resume bilateral exchanges.
While India also acknowledges that the withdrawal has been completed at most of the points of conflict, China’s support at the United Nations for Pakistan-based terrorists accused of carrying out terrorist acts has not been confirmed. Cross-border claims and recent border clashes in Arunachal Pradesh only threaten to exacerbate the situation.
For the first time since the Galwan clash in June 2020, Indian and Chinese troops clashed again at Arunachal’s Tawang on December 19. MEA spokesman Arindam Bagchi did not confirm whether the clash was fought. was mentioned in the negotiations on the unrest in Ladakh or not.
In his speech to the National Assembly on December 13, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said the Chinese military tried to unilaterally change the status quo in Yangtse area of Tawang area of Arunachal Pradesh but Indian Army forced them to withdraw through a firm and resolute response.
As for another question on whether similar incidents have occurred in the region, Bagchi said there have been incidents where the Indian army stood and “you know it… We have insisted that our soldiers will stand firm to defend our border.”