Ind-China dispute: No agreement agreed, both countries military will remain ‘frozen’ in winter

Even after several rounds of talks between India and China, no consensus has been reached on the removal of forces from eastern Ladakh. Now it is almost decided that the soldiers of both the countries will have to remain there for several months in the harsh winter.

Even after the talks between the corps commanders on November 6 and November 8, there has been no significant progress in this matter.

The Times Of India News paper has quoted sources claiming that the negotiations have almost come to a standstill due to lack of agreement on the conditions and steps to withdraw by mutual consent. China has not yet given any fixed date for the ninth round of military talks.

According to the report, China is still adamant that the proposal to withdraw the army should be implemented from the southern side of Pangong Soe Lake and Chushul area, where Indian troops have been strategically leading China since August 29.

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At the same time, India wants the withdrawal of the troops from the northern side of Pangong So where the Chinese border has set foot on the eight kilometer area from Finger-4 to Finger-8.

Apart from this, there is also a difference of opinion about the distance to retreat in the Finger area in both countries. Also, there is controversy over the strategically important Depsang plains.

Both China and India have deployed around 50-50 thousand soldiers in this area. Indian security establishments believe that if the top political-diplomatic level does not intervene, the current deployment of troops from both countries will change to LAC. 

On the other hand, senior officials have insisted that India should not hurry to remove the troops. At the same time, we must ensure that Indian troops do not reach a strategically poor position.

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An official said that it is going to be a very difficult winter season at a height of 15,000 feet. The temperature in this area has already reached minus -20 degrees Celsius. Strong winds are blowing and the level of oxygen has also decreased. 

However, Chinese soldiers are also facing similar problems for the first time unlike India.


  • Wahid Bhat

    Wahid Bhat is an environmental journalist with a passion for covering climate change and environmental issues. He holds a degree in English Journalism (EJ) from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication and has received Media Fellow for NFI India (National Foundation for India) and Thomson Reuters Foundation. Wahid's reporting has been published in a range of respected outlets including Earth Journalism, Global Village Space, The Quint, Youth Ki Awaaz, and Devdiscourse

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