A Corps Commander-level meeting between the armies of India and China will be held on Saturday to resolve the dispute over the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh, which has been going on for more than a year. This is the 12th round meeting of this level. The meeting will be held in Moldo on the Chinese side. The meeting has been set to start at 10.30 am. The Indian Army is hopeful that this time talks on Hot Spring and Disengagement in Gogra can move forward. However, the situation is not expected to be restored before April 2020. An army official said that we hope that in this round of talks, progress can be made towards an agreement on disengagement in Gogra and Hot Spring areas in Eastern Ladakh. Only about 30-35 soldiers are deployed from both sides at these two points. He said that while thousands of soldiers and military equipment can be retreated in Pangong area, then in Hot Spring and Gogra area only a few soldiers have to be retreated and tents have to be removed. In the northern shore of Pangong Lake, Chinese soldiers had also built many semi-permanent structures, which they broke and went back. According to the army official, the disengagement started even before Pangong in the Hot Spring area but it could not be completed. After which a platoon of the army on both sides i.e. about 30 soldiers are stationed there. Although they are not quite face-to-face, but until the disengagement is not done, there cannot be normalcy here. Soldiers of both the countries are not even able to patrol these points. The issue of Demchock and Depsang has also been raised in the talks, the official said. In every meeting, it is said from India that the Chinese soldiers in the Depsang area should open the patrolling points blocked by India and remove their soldiers. In the Demchok area, there are tents for Chinese soldiers as well as civilians. These are also about two years old and they are also discussed in the meeting. According to the army officer, in this meeting also, there will be talk from India on restoring the situation before April 2020. Although it is not that easy. He said that just now there has been disengagement in Pangong area. In that, at some places, soldiers have gone back 500 meters, in some places they have retreated for a few kilometers. Soldiers of both the countries have gone to their permanent base in the northern edge of Pangong area, ie Finger area. However, all the soldiers are stationed there and the soldiers have not been removed from any side. So descalation and then deinduction can take a long time. Descaling means that soldiers and other military equipment including tanks, missiles, which are currently deployed to fight the war, will be sent to their base in normal condition. Deinduction means that the troops will be gradually removed from there and the former position will be restored. China has deployed about 50 thousand of its soldiers near the LAC in Eastern Ladakh and in the same way India has also deployed about the same number of soldiers. There has been no reduction in the number of soldiers from either side. The 11th round of Corps Commander level talks between the two countries was held on 9 April from LAC in Chushul towards the Indian border. Since May last year, there has been a military standoff between the two countries at several places of confrontation in eastern Ladakh. After a series of military and diplomatic talks, the two sides have completed the withdrawal of troops and weapons from the north and south banks of Pangong Lake. However, there has been no movement to withdraw troops from the remaining areas of confrontation as the Chinese side did not show its leniency in the 11th round of military talks.
[Attribution to NBT]