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China asks India to vacate some Ladakh posts

 

NEW DELHI – China has asked the Indian Army to destroy certain fortified positions in the disputed territory in eastern Ladakh in return for the PLA removing its temporary camp in Depsang valley, now at the centre of a military face-off. Indian Defence sources said a flag meeting on Tuesday, the second since April 15, failed after the Chinese side made its demand. The Indian side was not willing to make a commitment, and that led to an impasse, the sources said.

The sources said that Indian fortifications that have come up recently in eastern Ladakh are in an area different from the one where the current face off is taking place. No official word was forthcoming on the flag meeting.
India raised the issue with China last week and summoned Ambassador Wei Wei to South Block. The MEA joint secretary who heads the joint working mechanism to deal with boundary issues from the Indian side spoke to his Chinese counterpart and emphasised the need to resolve the issue.
However, the Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said on Monday that “China’s frontier troops have been abiding by theLAC agreed by the two countries… (and) patrolling on China’s side of LAC”.
Sources quoted by Times of India said New delhi may be working the diplomatic hotlines with Beijing, but parallels are already being drawn between the ongoing 10-day military standoff in Ladakh and the Sumdorong Chu incident of 1986-87, which required “a major show of force and resolve” to settle matters amicably.
With “no breakthrough” being achieved in the second flag meeting between the Indian and Chinese armies held on Tuesday, the Indian defence establishment and military operations directorate here went into a hurdle to discuss “various options”, including further troop reinforcements to the region, till late in the evening.
The Army may well deploy additional troops in the region if there is no de-escalation over the next few days. “The flag meeting, held at Spanggur gap between Daulat Beg Oldie and Chushul, lasted for around five hours. Our side was led by a brigadier, Chinese had a senior colonel. – Agencies

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