new Delhi: Indian and Chinese military commanders have held several rounds of talks to ease tensions on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh. Although no result has been achieved so far, China is once again trying to provoke India. A video has surfaced, showing the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) continuing to bring military equipment and construction closer to the LAC.
Media reports reveal that a large number of Chinese soldiers, armored tanks and military trucks were parked near the LAC. According to an English TV channel, the Chinese military has deployed around 350 tanks near the border. Beijing has deployed a large number of its most sophisticated battlefield tanks ‘Type 99’ close to the Indian border. The PLA has deployed its tanks in several areas including the Despang area and the south shore.
Indian and Chinese forces have stood before each other since the dispute in eastern Ladakh since 5 May. Tensions rose manifold after violent skirmishes in the Galvan Valley in which 20 Indian Army soldiers were martyred and more Chinese soldiers were killed. Since then, there have been nine rounds of talks between the two nuclear power nations.
The ninth round of talks between India and China was held in Moldo on the Chinese side of the LAC in eastern Ladakh on 24 January. The meeting lasted for 16 hours and ended on 25 January at 2:30 pm. A joint statement was issued about the meeting of the military commander level, stating that it was ‘positive, practical and constructive’.
A few days after the marathon level talks, China said that the border issue with India should not be linked to bilateral relations.
“Foreign Minister Jaishankar’s stress on the importance of Sino-Indian relations reflects the importance of his relationship with China to the Indian side,” China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said in comments on China’s Foreign Ministry website.
He said, “I need to emphasize that the border issue will not be linked to bilateral relations. This is an important lesson learned from the efforts of two countries in the last decades to advance our relations.”
Addressing the 13th All India Conference, Jaishankar said that the cordial relations between New Delhi and Beijing are important not only for the two neighbors, but also for the world.