Ladakh Standoff: 13th round of Military talks crumple as Indian Army shares “non-agreeable” attitude of China’s PLA
Ladakh – On Sunday the Indian military commanders and their Chinese counterparts held the latest round of talks over the Ladakh standoff, but unfortunately, the talks stand collapsed. The Indian Army said that China was not “agreeable” and “could not provide any forward-looking proposals”. China too has indicated failed talks. Chinese military’s Western Theater Command released a statement, “India insists on unreasonable and unrealistic demands, adding difficulties to the negotiations.”
The Indian Army released a statement after the 13th round of talks with China’s PLA (People’s Liberation Army), “During the meeting, the Indian side […] made constructive suggestions for resolving the remaining areas but the Chinese side was not agreeable and also could not provide any forward-looking proposals. The meeting thus did not result in resolution of the remaining areas.” It added, “The two sides have agreed to maintain communications and also to maintain stability on the ground. It is our expectation that the Chinese side will take into account the overall perspective of bilateral relations and will work towards early resolution of the remaining issues while fully abiding by bilateral agreements and protocols.”
Sunday’s 13th round of military commander-level talks witnessed India pressing for rapid troops disengagement in remaining points of conflict in eastern Ladakh. The talks lasted for over eight hours. One major point of discussion was to complete the disengagement of troops that has been stalled on the Chinese side of the Chushul-Moldo border point in eastern Ladakh, known as Patrolling Point 15 (PP-15).
These talks took place two months after the 12th round of talks that brought in the disengagement of troops from Gogra (Patrol Point-17A). The Gogra point resolution resulted in backing down of Indian and Chinese troops in four of the six flashpoints – the others are Galway and North and South banks of the Pangong Lake. The standoffs in Depsang and Hot Springs remain.