Beyond talks with China over Ladakh deadlock
India indicates a realistic approach
Indian military officials will try to sort out the month-long queue along the Line of Actual Control in a meeting with their Chinese counterparts on Saturday, with the knowledge that the Ladakh deadlock will not be possible to achieve immediate success, people familiar with the development of India Told the Times.
Saturday’s meeting is the first high-level meeting between Leh-based 14 Corps General Officer Lt Gen Harinder Singh and his Chinese counterpart, who have been heading the Group Army of the People’s Liberation Army near and after Pangong Lake since 5 May. Located on the banks of the Galvan River.
On June 2, the final round of negotiations between the delegations led by two chief general-rank officers of both armies was inconclusive.
However, officials underlined that it was a positive sign that the two sides were talking to each other through established military and diplomatic channels. But negotiation does not mean instantaneous resolution. “This is the event we’re prepared for,” one of them said.
India has already made it clear that it wants the Chinese troops to go back and restore the status quo on four terms.
“We are not in a hurry and I believe that neither is the Chinese side,” a government official hinted to a “realistic approach” to the negotiation process.
An official said that the high stakes involved, he expected the Ladakh standoff to continue for longer than the 73-day Doklam standoff.
“Both sides have brought in elements that continue for a few months”.
The May 5 infestation in Pangong, initiated by an aggressive group of Chinese troops, increases Beijing’s presence along the eastern Ladakh border.
Over the next few days, China mobilized two Combined Arms Brigades of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) along the 3,488-km-long Line of Actual Control (LAC) to patrol the points of the Galvan Valley and the Pangong Tso. It comes to around 8,000 soldiers and supporting elements such as artillery.
Indian officials say the standoff in Pangong Tso is aimed at dominating the Sreejap mountain overlooking the lake. But the game in the Galawan Valley – where the Chinese Army has parked itself at about three patrol points – is a lot more complicated.
“Broadly, our understanding is that the PLA’s focus on the Galavan Valley is driven by a number of objectives mostly associated with the upgrading of border infrastructure that has gained momentum over the past two years,” a person familiar with the government’s stalemate he said.
For one, China wants to halt the construction of the 255-kilometer Darbuk-Shyok-Daulat Beg Oldi road that will easily lead the army south to the last military outpost of the dominated Karakoram Pass.
However, the Indian side is determined to complete the entire construction by this summer, including a 60-meter bridge across the Galvan River or drain near the point of confluence with the Shyok River. “We have to complete the concrete bridge well before this month and the beginning of winter,” an official said.
Once this road is completed, the military capability and capability will increase manifold in the field and will enable the army to counter-attack the PLA at the Karakoram Pass, Chip Arc River area, Trig Heights, Hot Springs, Galvan and Depang plains. .
“India will then have the capability to respond to the Chinese pressure,” an official said. This is a phenomenon that the Chinese, who had been upgrading their border infrastructure for decades, are trying to avoid.
In the long term, Indian strategists told the Chinese effort appears to destabilize Indian positions in the Daulat Beg Oldi sector. On its part, China is insisting on opening a path for better connectivity with Pakistan through the region.