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Wednesday 8 July 2020

Commander-level meet: India asks China to retreat

The Chinese commander responded by saying India must not construct structures near the LoAC although his country wouldn't intervene if it did

Commanders of India and China met today amid tension between the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh. Lt Gen Harinder Singh represented India, accompanied by the brigadier (operations) and two Chinese interpreters. Maj Gen Leo Lin, commander of South Xinjiang Military Command, represented China at the meet.

In the three-hour-long meeting in Moldo, China asked India to stop road constructions near the border while India, objecting to it, asked the army of China to retreat to its April positions.

Earlier, military talks have been held between the two countries seven times. The dialogue with the brigadier four times and a major general-rank officer thrice was inconclusive.

Indian commander asks China to go back to its position of April

According to sources, in today’s meeting, the Indian commander discussed with his Chinese counterpart the extra deployment of troops by China in Pangong Soe Lake, Finger Four and Finger Five, the tents and camps that China has built along with the permanent structure. He clearly stated that China should maintain the status of April 2020.

The Chinese commander said that India could not do any road construction. However, he said, “China does not interfere” as it is within India’s border on the Line of Actual Control (LoAC).

India said China must reduce its troops in Galvan and send the soldiers back to the positions they held till April.

In similar situations in this area in the past, China reduced the deployment of its troops and retreated.

According to the formal statement from the Indian Army, any kind of speculation would be absolutely wrong and both countries could resolve the dispute completely in a military and diplomatic manner. More meetings will be held for this, the army informed. Today’s meeting has “ended on a positive note”, it said. But talks will still be held so that tensions could be reduced by reducing China’s incursions along the LoAC in Ladakh, it added.

While the meeting saw discussions over several important issues, the commander will brief Director General Military Operation and Indian Army Chief Gen Manoj Mukund Narwane later. A copy of the minutes will then reach the Prime Minister’s Office, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and the Ministry of External Affairs.

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