Representational image of an army convoy moving towards Ladakh | File photo: ANI
Representational image of an army convoy moving towards Ladakh | File photo: ANI
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New Delhi: China has proposed a slew of steps to ease tensions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh, which includes withdrawing tanks and artillery guns from the forward areas back to their peacetime locations, Indian troops vacating strategic heights in the southern banks of Pangong Tso lake and making Finger 4 in the northern banks a no-go area.

The proposals, which ultimately aim to give Beijing a tactical advantage, come as China continues with its extensive construction activity in forward locations to house troops and equipment brought in for the winter.

India has also been carrying out a massive construction programme to cater to its troops in the high altitude region, where temperatures drop down to minus 30 degrees Celsius.

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China’s game

Sources in the defence and security establishment told ThePrint that some of China’s demands were made over a period of time and have been rejected by India.

However, in the last Corps Commander level meeting held on 12 October, the Chinese side presented a consolidated proposal to ease tensions. Since then, China has refused to finalise the date for the next round of talks.

On its part, the Indian side demanded that disengagement happen from all friction points, including the Depsang Plains.

China, though, is focussed only on the Southern banks of Pangong Tso and is offering partial withdrawal from northern banks as a sweetener.

“The proposals put forward by China works in their favour and is aimed at them getting a tactical advantage. They have asked us to withdraw from the strategic heights at Southern banks. They will then withdraw from the Black Top and areas around it. Why should India withdraw first from strategic heights which were occupied by us as a counter (to) Chinese aggression,” a source said.

“They demanded this again during the 12 October talks and we have told them clearly that the PLA (People’s Liberation Army) did the aggression first in other areas and they should withdraw from there first,” the source added.

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India’s strategic counter

A second source pointed out that another of China’s proposal, made during the same 12 October meeting — to pull back tanks and artillery guns — cannot be met since Beijing cannot be trusted.

“They want the tanks and artillery guns to go back to peacetime locations from the southern banks area and other places. In some places, the distance will be 10 km and at other places 20 km and more. Chinese have plainer terrain on their side and better infrastructure. This means that they can come back faster than us if they decide to do so,” the second source said.

The source added that there is no question of this happening because it will give away India’s current advantage.

“The artillery guns have moved forward from normal positions to the actual operational gun positions. What the Chinese are demanding is that de-escalation should happen first. This means that equipment brought forward moves back. What India is insisting upon is that disengagement should happen first. This means that troops in face-off with each other at different locations should step back first,” the source said.

Another proposal by China calls for Indian troops to limit their patrolling till Finger 3 in the northern bank of Pangong Tso lake and the Chinese will limit their patrolling till Finger 5, sources told ThePrint.

“The Chinese want to show as if they are doing us a favour by moving back to Finger 4. We have made it clear that Chinese will have to go back beyond Finger 8 which is the LAC. Why should we limit patrolling to Finger 3 when LAC is at Finger 8,” the second source said.

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  1. Modi Govt is victim of its own silly propaganda……….Political generals make political statements………..Talking loud of defeating both China & Pakistan at the same time is one thing……….but facing harsh reality is something else……..Fact is IAF despite all its bravado cannot survive if it has two fight PAF & PLAAF at the same time……period ….Modi has placed Indian military in a sinking quagmire !!!

  2. The pampered single child and untested chinese army is no match to the Indian Army. The possible technological advantage in cyber and electronics they may have had is now nullified by the BECA agreement which we have with the US. Stick to our positions , throw them out at the opportune time. A gas and paper dragon.

  3. If India doesn’t give up its Chanakya expansionism lust to include Tibet in Greater India dream, it will pay very dearly price.

    India gov & army clearly knew the history & facts of how tyranny Brits Raj junior officers drawn the McMahon lines over South Tibet(India renamed as Anuracha) & Arsai Chin border unilaterally against China protest. Also how Ladakh was belong to Tibet, until Kashmir Raj invaded it. India illegal annexed of J&K against UNSC ruling does not accord it the rights over Ladakh.

    Once winter sealed off Ladakh, it will be the coldest bitter winter ever for India. Winter Raj will take care of its 200,000 unprepared troops & equipment over 6mths.

    If India chiefs often boasted 2.5 wars really break out, India will be devastated and disintegrated quickly in multi fronts war. Its occupied J&K and NEast 7 sisters will be liberated from AFSPA boots. Sikkim & Bhutan will regain independent.

    Pak will took J&K and Gujarat. Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh & Maldives been constantly under india invasion & threat will take back all their lost lands. States like Tamil Nadu, Bombay, Calcutta, Bihar, …will secede from Delhi’s India Union.

    China will likely launched a swift punitive attack deep enough to destroy all India war capabillty & economy without stuck in quagmire, while openly challenge US to defend India. Russia will back China against US military interference. If US failed to defend its new treaty ally India, which it has never do historically, US world standing will be destroyed.

    This will be a replay of what China did to halt Vietcom-Soviet expansionism into whole Asia & China border in 1979, with US backing against Soviet military interference.

    It took Vietcom 30yrs to recover from the scorch earth punishment, while Soviet global standing badly destroyed for failing to honor its mutual defense pact with Vietnam.

    • You seems to be an Idiot born in the 18th century and unfortunately is still alive. If you remain alive for some more time, you will see what happens to the bat eating Chinese, they themselves will become insects, the one they eat all the time. India and the world will crush Chinese like insects under their boots. Keep waiting , its coming

    • You are not Nature Truth…….you are nature’s call which has been stuck in some Chinese hole from 1965. So clean up and look around.

    • I can understand your frustration you China Doll. But remember, if you are a nation of 140 billion, we are also a nation of 130 billion. So, come to battlefield and show your courage to win the war. You coward do not try to spew venom ever against us. We will crush you and wipe you out of global map. This is not 1962 India, you must remember first before making some dream comments about our Motherland.

    • Great plot for a sci-fi film, paki. Please suggest it to some of the producers in Lollywood to make a movie out of it, as it may help in reviving the already bankrupt film industry of a beggar country.

  4. China clearly is trying to dictate terms of truce so that it can continue its slow paced nibbling at Indian territory in future, as it has been doing in the past. We have been obliging China by accepting its advances and so it has become used to that kind of response from India. It will take much more than only small local tactical advantages to enlighten China to give up its past practices and accept the new realities on the ground. India needs to create much more compelling situations in the region, in other areas bordering China and within the so called “One China” to help it rethink and react in a manner we want. It is a matter of historical fact that China or any other country respects Power, some openly while others grudgingly.

  5. Tell the commie, stinky, chinki government (not the Chinese people) to go the hell back to where they were before they created this current mess! Then…and only then, should we offer to pull back any of our hardware.

  6. This time our Country should not Budge to The Unreliable China ‘s Tactics .



    With Best Wishes For Betterment Always ,

  7. China needs to be shown its place. India hopefully will not back down. I hope there is sufficient political will.

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