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New Delhi: The Indian Army is waiting for the diplomatic words spoken by China about “resolving differences” to translate into action on the ground, as it continues to keep a close eye on the troop build-up in the Galwan Valley, the Hot Springs area and the ‘Finger’ area of the Pangong Lake in eastern Ladakh.

As reported by ThePrint earlier, the Army has demanded that earlier status quo be maintained by China at the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

Amid rising tensions, statements by Chinese diplomats Wednesday seemed to suggest there could be de-escalation. China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said the situation at the border with India was “overall stable and controllable”. He added that both countries have proper mechanisms and communication channels to resolve the issues through dialogue and consultation.

Later in the evening, Chinese Ambassador to India Sun Weidong said the two countries should never let their differences shadow the overall bilateral ties, and must enhance mutual trust.

Sources had said even though India has beefed up military presence in Ladakh, its focus is on an “amicable solution” through talks.


Also read: How India and China resolved three major stand-offs in the Modi era


‘It’ll only take 5-6 hours’

Sources said the Indian demands are very clear, and words should translate into action.

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“The words spoken by the Chinese diplomats are very nice. But words alone do not matter from a military point of view, they have to translate into action on the ground,” a source said.

The sources maintained that China will have to withdraw troops from forward positions along the LAC, and from areas where they have transgressed.

“All it would take China is five or six hours for the tents to be packed up and moved back to their earlier positions,” said the source quoted above.

China has deployed additional troops in the Galwan Valley, on its side of the LAC. The troops are accompanied by heavy vehicles and logistics such as tents to house the soldiers.

However, Chinese soldiers are said to have “come in” by about 3 km into territory that India perceives as its own in the larger ‘Hot Springs’ area, near Patrol Point 14, 15 and the Gogra Post, which is several kilometres south-east of the Galwan Valley as the crow flies, and is between the Valley and Pangong Lake.

According to the sources, the Chinese have not crossed their claim line in these areas, but they are about 3 km within India’s perception of the LAC. The same is true for the ‘Finger’ of Pangong Lake, where also the Chinese have transgressed.

While the exact number of Chinese troops on Indian territory is unknown, it is estimated that every transgressed location has about 600-800 troops each.


Also read: India and China should lower their border tensions, talk more: Ex-envoy Bambawale


 

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11 COMMENTS

  1. The Chinese are slowly routinely creeping into Indian territory and maintaining the position and agrees for deescalation.This is their routine agenda.India has lost a few thousands of Sq km this way over the past years everytime we have a border skirmish with Chinese.This need to be stopped once for all .We don’t want the China do this again and hence stop all trade with China to teach them a lesson.
    Trade ban is the only solution.All Indians to boycott Chinese products from now on

  2. India is a big country and lot of business is going between 270 crores of people., where as
    Pakistan is a terrorist dying country, the world is considering it with debts, the world over.
    China is the only alley. When all 4 wars were defeated, pak did not help from any country.

  3. India must not get fooled by Chinese deceit and doublespeak. Indian perception of LAC must be respected else ban all Chinese origin products from India

  4. China has openly humiliated India. The whole world has seen the timid response of Indian govt & military. It is China which has brought 10,000 troops in the region, it has intruded 5-10 km in Indian territory (More than what Musharraf did in Kargil ) and still China is publicly asking India to act reasonable..& Trump whom Indian military thought would come to Indian rescue is offering his arbiter services (meaning India has been ditched )…

    Indian CDS & army chief should be sacked for totally misreading the geo-political situation !!!

    • Nope, India has totally humiliated Pakistan by revoking article 370 and Pakistan doing nothing about it, this is why Pakistani trolls are now smacking their lips at China doing their dirty work for them (as Pakistan has failed 4 times to take Kashmir) Pakistani propaganda trolls are working overtime, as this is what Imran Khan meant when he said he wants to create millions of new jobs…

      This is just Chinese trying to get over the humiliation at Doklam, they will back off, much the the disappointment of the Pakistanis, or else they will be removed by force.

      • POK want to join with india to see indian films, now playing in all countries, not in pakistan in big screen

    • The Chinese can never go for a war with India. They have done this drama for just diverting the world’s attention from Corona. It’s not the India of Nehru who was a poor administrator and had an opinion that after 2nd world war there will be no war at all. There was no army placed at LAC in 1962. At that point be of time we lost due to Nehru’s poor ideologies. Now in 2020 it’s Modi regime and rest assured if war takes place India is having an upperhand and we also have to settle scores with these cunning chainese.

      • Modi government is very good at hiding its failures. It successful in the past 6 years doing that. Modi’s 56 inch chest thumps only against small countries like Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan etc. But when it comes to China, he starts begging other countries like USA, Russia etc. China has occupied the Galwan valley and its nearby area. That is a fact. Modi can’t do anything now. Now he has to find new ways to hide his failure and once again fool the people of India. We the people of India deserve to suffer because we elected such a coward prime minister.

    • You seem to be considering yourself as the master of universe whereas you are rogue nation wanting to gobble everyone else with insatiable hunger and lust for power. You are scared to be intimidated. Anti humanity and inhuman you are.

    • Yeah, yeah! People like you who cannot pick their nose without someone’s help are becoming some big strategy experts and the first thing to do is sack everyone.

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