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Gautam Bambawale says the reason the Chinese were able to undertake 'military adventurism' in eastern Ladakh is because there is 'asymmetry' between India and China.
At the 13th round of corps commanders-level talks, India 'stuck to its stand' that it's the Chinese who disturbed the status quo last year. But Beijing has only upped the ante.
India insisted that PLA will have to disengage from friction points including Depsang, Demchok, besides Hot Springs, but 'Chinese side wasn't agreeable'.
Beijing’s envoy to India Sun Weidong says India & China should meet each other halfway, shift from urgent dispute settlement to regular management.
These medals for bravery are among the total 1,380 service medals announced by the Union government for various central and state police forces on the eve of Independence Day.
General Rawat said India had to keep a watch on all activities of China in the region and Indian soldiers are very adept in fighting in the region, unlike Chinese PLA.
By escalating the military standoff in Ladakh, the PLA had hoped to keep the crisis restricted to western regions of Tibet and Xinjiang, but India’s response surprised Beijing.
The Indian Army Chief also said the next rounds of military talks with China will focus on restoring the status quo ante of April 2020.
MEA spokesperson reiterates India’s call ahead of Friday’s 11th round of corps commander-level talks, where Gogra, Hot Springs, Depsang Plains will be discussed.
Former Indian diplomat Gautam Bambawale says India can’t decouple trade, investment etc. from the kind of political and military exchanges it has with China.