New Delhi: After an inconclusive 14-hour-long sixth round of Commander level talks between India and China, the two countries have decided to keep the communication open in order to avoid an aggravation of the situation at the high-altitude friction points along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh. Also Read - Amid India-China Standoff, Army Buys High-Altitude Warfare Gears From US on 'Urgent Basis': Report
“During 6th Corps Commander level talks, China asked India to vacate the positions taken over by it on the south bank of Pangong Tso after Aug 29. India insisted that China should move back to the positions which existed before April-May’20 time frame in Eastern Ladakh sector,” sources revealed. Also Read - Chinese Soldier Captured in Ladakh With Military Documents; Detained, Likely to be Sent Back
The Indian side urged China to “move back” to its original position and maintain the five-point agreement reached between the two nations in the month of September to de-escalate the tensions that began in May. However, talks largely remained inconclusive although both nations agreed to take forward their negotiations. Also Read - Ladakh Standoff: 8th Round of Corps Commander Talks Between India and China Likely This Week
“India and China have agreed to continue talking to each other on the ground and keep lines of communication open to avoid the aggravation of the situation,” the source added.
The military talks took place amid reports that China has doubled its air bases, heliports and defence positions near India’s border in Sikkim, touching China and Bhutan.
If reports are to be believed, China has now started constructing military positions in at least 13 new locations along its border with India.
”Construction on four of those new heliports started only after the onset of the current Ladakh crisis in May,” a report sourced by NDTV stated.
Notably, the India-China standoff is getting tougher as the harsh winters are approaching the elevated grounds of eastern Ladakh.
India and China have been engaged in a standoff since April-May this year after transgressions by the Chinese Army in Kongrung Nala, Gogra and Finger area near Pangong lake. Indian Army has now upped its preparedness manifold in the Ladakh sector to take on any aggressive moves by the Chinese Army in that sector.