A meeting of Indian Army and Chinese Army officials at the Major General level was held at the Daulat Beg Oldie sector along the LAC in Ladakh….reports Asian Lite News
Having entered the fourth year of their ongoing standoff, India and China on Tuesday held Major General level military talks in the Daulat Beg Oldie sector to resolve their pending issues on the Line of Actual Control.
This meeting comes a few weeks after the two sides held the 18th round of Corps Commander talks in the Eastern Ladakh sector. “A meeting of Indian Army and Chinese Army officials at the Major General level was held at the Daulat Beg Oldie sector along the LAC in Ladakh today. The two sides discussed ways of resolving the ongoing stand-off between two sides and was routine in nature,” Defence sources told ANI here.
The DBO sector has seen tensions between the two sides for a long time and the issues between them here remain unresolved even after three years of stand-off and multiple rounds of talks.
The new ongoing stand-off started in 2020 with Chinese aggression and amassing of troops in large numbers at Indian positions on the LAC in eastern Ladakh.
The Indian side has also deployed a heavy number of troops and developed infrastructure at a very fast pace for them.
In the last talks, the two sides are likely to have discussed de-escalation and legacy issues of Depsang plains and Demchok in the talks held on Sunday.
Earlier this month, External Affairs Minister S Jaishnakar made it clear again that the ties between India and China cannot be normal until peace and tranquillity are maintained on the Land of Actual Control (LAC).
Addressing a press conference at the conclusion of the Foriegn Ministers’ Meeting under the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), S Jaishankar was asked to share details about his talks with Chinese Foriegn Minister Qin Gang. To this, the EAM replied, “The issue is that there is an abnormal position in the border areas, along the boundary. We had a very frank discussion about it…We have to take the disengagement process forward.”
“I have made it very clear, publically as well, that India-China relations are not normal and cannot be normal if peace and tranquillity in the border areas are disturbed…” Jaishankar added.
“I have been very consistent about it and I have not changed my position in this meeting either,” he added.
Regarding the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Jaishankar said, “It was made very clear twice that connectivity is good for progress but it cannot violate the integrity and sovereignty of states.”
“This has been our long-standing position and nobody should have any doubt about it and I assure you nobody in this room has any doubt about it. I made sure of that,” Jaishanakar added. (ANI)