- The 14th round of talks between India and China has failed without any positive result.
- Both the countries decided to work to resolve the Ladakh dispute in a mutually acceptable manner
- Satellite images have revealed that China is strengthening fortifications near Daulatbeg Oldi, India.
The 14th round of talks between India and China has failed without any positive result due to China’s stubborn stand. Both the countries have decided to work to resolve the dispute on LAC in Ladakh in a mutually acceptable manner. There will be another round of talks between India and China soon. Meanwhile, satellite images have revealed that China is building bunkers to strengthen its fortifications in the area adjacent to Depsang near Daulatbeg Oldi, India.
According to satellite photos, in the middle of 2020-21, large-scale construction work has been carried out by the Chinese Army PLA in Depsang. Many cantonments and places for soldiers have been built. This has further strengthened China’s hold on Depsang and its adjoining areas. A large number of Chinese troops are stationed in this area. Meanwhile, in talks to resolve the dispute, the Indian side failed to agree to China to withdraw from the Gogra Hot Spring.
No guarantee to resolve Depsang Bulge dispute
At the same time, Daulatbeg could not even agree to China on the right to patrol up to Depsang Bulge in the old sector. According to the Hindustan Times report, the talks between the two sides were positive but no solution could be found. From this it is clear that further talks between India and China will continue, but the situation in April 2020 on the part of the PLA is no guarantee of resolving the Gogra Hot Spring or Depsang Bulge dispute.
It is believed that the Indian Army has raised the issue of a bridge being built by China on the Pangong So lake during the talks. China is making it to deliver its troops faster. The reality is now that the PLA’s new border law and rapid military deployment are turning the 3,488-km-long Line of Actual Control into a Line of Control. For this reason, on Wednesday, Army Chief General MM Naravane said that there has been a partial withdrawal of troops along the LAC with China, but the threat remains.
‘Increased strength, infrastructure, weapons capacity in the Northern Front’
The Army Chief said that we have increased the capacity of force, infrastructure, weapons in the entire Northern Front including Eastern Ladakh. In the last one and a half years at the Northern Front, our capability has grown in many ways. On reports of China building infrastructure in Arunachal Pradesh, the Army Chief said it happens because the LAC is not fixed. He said that there are different perceptions about where the border actually is. As long as border issues remain unresolved, such issues will continue to come to the fore. General Naravane said that the long term solution is to resolve the boundary question and not the differences in our bilateral relations. He said that we are well prepared for the security of our borders. The Army Chief said that there is no doubt that the status quo which is today can be changed anytime.
China intensifies military preparation near Daulat Beg Oldi