Nearly a week after a violent face-off between Indian and China’s People Liberation Army in the Galwan valley, the forces met again on Monday to defuse the tense situation. The meeting between Corps Commanders of two forces took place in Moldo as forces stand ready on the Line of Actual Control.
This is the second such meeting after the first one on June 6 happened to defuse the tensions.
According to reports, the meeting between 14 Corps commander Lieutenant General Harinder Singh and South Xinjiang Military District chief Major General Liu Lin is happening on the lines of the one they held at the Chushul-Moldo border personnel meeting (BPM) point in eastern Ladakh on June 6.
The volatile ground situation in Ladakh and Pangong Tso is likely to be another flashpoint after Galwan Valley patrolling point 14 where a barbaric attack was carried on Indian troops by the Chinese army. The ferocious build-up at the Line of Actual Control has started backed by artillery and tanks in the depth areas.
The Chinese have built defenses in several parts between Finger 4 and 8 that have been grey zones in the past. The Chinese action in Pangong Lake is seen as an attempt to change the status quo.
Indian Army has also enhanced deployment at Hot Springs, Demchok, Koyul, Fukche, Depsang, Murgo, and Galwan.
Both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh maintained that forces have been given a free hand in dealing with the situation in Eastern Ladakh.
However, after the June 15 violent clash in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed and the Chinese also suffered casualties, nothing has changed and things continue to be tense in Galwan and Pangong Tso region. Satellite imagery revealed heavy buildup on the Chinese side with earth moving equipment, tanks being rolled by Beijing.