- No issue could be resolved in the eight-and-a-half-hour meeting with China on Sunday.
- The Indian Army issued a statement saying that the Chinese side did not agree to its suggestions.
- There was no scope for their return in the areas of eastern Ladakh where the soldiers of India and China are stationed.
The 13th round of military talks between India and China did not reach any conclusion in resolving the pending issues in eastern Ladakh. The Indian Army said on Monday that the Chinese Army did not agree to the “positive suggestions” given by it. The statement issued by the Indian Army indicated its tough stand on the matter.
China did not agree to India’s suggestions
The army said that the issues in the rest of the areas were not resolved in the meeting held on Sunday and the Indian side stressed that it expects the Chinese side to work in this direction. The army said in a statement, “During the talks, the Indian side made positive suggestions to resolve the issues in other areas, but the Chinese side did not seem to agree with them and could not even make any proposals on the way forward.” Therefore, no solution could be found in the meeting regarding the rest of the areas.
Honestly to China in talks
The talks took place on the Chinese side in the Chushul-Moldo border area on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh on Sunday. Lt Gen PGK Menon, 14th Corps Commander, and South Xinjiang Military District Chief Major General Liu Lin held talks between the two countries for about eight and a half hours.
The army said that during the talks, the Indian side noted that the situation on the LAC arose due to China’s “unilateral efforts” to change the status quo and also violated bilateral agreements. “Therefore, it is necessary that the Chinese side take appropriate steps in the remaining areas to restore peace and tranquility along the Line of Actual Control,” it said. The Indian side stressed that the resolution of pending issues in other areas would lead to progress in bilateral relations.
Talks in Dushanbe also mentioned
The Indian side also referred to last month’s talks between the foreign ministers of China and India, which took place on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Dushanbe, capital of Tajikistan. “This will be in line with the guidance given in the recent meeting between the foreign ministers in Dushanbe, in which they agreed that the two sides should resolve the pending issues at the earliest,” the military said. “During the meeting, the Indian side made positive suggestions to resolve the issues in other areas, but the Chinese side did not seem to agree with them,” the army said. He did not even make any proposal to move forward in this direction.
It said both sides agreed to maintain stability and maintain dialogue at the ground level. “We expect the Chinese side to take into account the overall scenario of bilateral relations and work for early resolution of pending issues in compliance with bilateral agreements and rules,” the military said.
China’s theft is also piracy
In return, China accused India of taking a stubborn stand. Senior Colonel Long Shaohua, spokesman for the Western Theater Command of the Chinese Army People’s Liberation Army (PLA), said that India stuck to its illogical and unrealistic demands, which created trouble in the talks. “Instead of miscalculating the situation, India should celebrate the positive changes that have taken place in the border areas,” he said.
China stuck in Depsong and Demchok
Soldiers of India and China are stuck at many places in Depsong Bulge area. The PLA has not been allowing Indian troops to access its traditional patrolling points PP-10, 11, 11A, 12 and 13 as well as the track junction Charding Ninglung Nala (CNN) in the Demchok sector since last year. Chinese soldiers have blocked the way through these areas.
The 13th round of military talks between India and China was held on Sunday.