India, China to host 13th round of talks at LAC stand-up today | India News

NEW DELHI: India and China will hold their next round of top-level military talks on the 17-month-long military conflict in eastern Ladakh on Sunday, even as General MM Naravane has said that Indian troops will not buckle an inch of ‘ u advance deployment along the border as long as the Chinese troops remain there.
“It is worrying that the large-scale Chinese military construction, which took place last year, is still ongoing. To maintain that kind of accumulation, there has been an equal amount of infrastructure development on the Chinese side, ”the Army chief said on Saturday, while speaking at the India Today conclave.
“So it means they (the People’s Liberation Army) are there to stay. We keep a close eye on all these developments. But if they are there to stay, we are there to stay as well. The construction and infrastructure development on our side is as good as what the PLA has done, ”added Gen Naravane.
Other senior officials say it is likely that the rival troops will continue to be deployed along the Line of Real Control (LAC) for the second winter in a row in eastern Ladakh, where temperatures are falling to as low as minus 30 degrees Celsius in the midst of acute oxygen deprivation. .
Some progress is expected, however, in completing the disengagement of the troops stationed at Patrol Point-15 (PP-15), located 30-km north of the Gogra area, during the 13th round of corps commander level talks on the Chinese side of the Chushul-Moldo border meeting point on Sunday.
“A lot of shovel work has gone into discussing disengagement of PP-15. It should not be a major problem as there are only 40-50 competitive troops close there, although there are thousands more in the rear positions, ”said an official.
A similar stopped disengagement was completed at PP-17A, which is near the crucial post of Gogra India, in accordance with the agreement reached during the 12th round of talks on July 31. Earlier, the two sides had also disengaged from the tense stand-up and much more in the Pangong Tso-Kailash Range region in February.
But no innovative development is expected in resolving the other “friction points” in the strategically located Depsang Bulge area, where the PLA has consistently been blocking Indian patrols in the `Bottleneck ‘area from going to Traditional PPs-10, 11, 11A. 12, and 13 since early last year, as well as Ninglung Nallah (CNN) Charding track junction in the Demchok sector.
The PLA’s recent “wrongdoing” of stepping up elsewhere in the 3,488-km PDG, particularly in Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh, has also heightened tensions between the two armies.
Gen Naravane, on his behalf, said that if the PLA maintains its deployment in eastern Ladakh through the second winter, then it will result in a “Control Line-like situation” (with Pakistan), though not an “operational one” as on the western front. “We will definitely have to keep a close eye on all their locations to see that they are not getting into any trouble again,” he said.