-Galla S Kiran Kumar,Bureau Chief Telagana (Andhra Pradesh)
Crucial BRICS and G-20 summits will be held soon. At this juncture, India and China are focusing on establishing a peaceful environment along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). On the speedy withdrawal of forces from some areas of eastern Ladakh that are still in conflict…
Crucial BRICS and G-20 summits will be held soon. At this juncture, India and China are focusing on establishing a peaceful environment along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). A wide-ranging discussion has recently taken place on the speedy withdrawal of forces from some of the remaining conflict-ridden areas in eastern Ladakh.
WaIndia’s efforts to restore the situation along the Line of Control (LAC) to pre-Galvan confrontations are not bearing fruit as expected. From time to time in diplomatic and military discussions, China has been making moral statements that it is willing to establish peace. In the hands, however, it behaves differently. Meena Mesha is counting on the withdrawal of forces from conflict areas. The clash between the Indian and Chinese forces in the Galwan valley of eastern Ladakh in June 2020 severely damaged the relations between the two countries. The clouds of war seemed to have lifted as both sides deployed massive arms and forces on the borders. Fortunately the Ranabheri did not sound – the tense atmosphere continued for several days in many areas along the LAC. As a result of several rounds of negotiations through diplomatic and military channels, Galwan Valley, Pangong Tso north-south points, Gogra Post, Both countries have withdrawn forces from areas like hot springs. Buffer zones have been established at many places. The tense atmosphere is still continuing in Depsang and Demchok areas.
Calm atmosphere is the goal…
Dragoon forces crossed the border at Depsang and entrenched in Indian territory. Indian soldiers are preventing them from coming to many patrol stations there. The situation is the same in Demchok. Although India insists on the need to withdraw the forces there in every meeting, China is acting as if it is watered down. At the same time infrastructure along the LCA is being significantly improved. New villages are being built on the borders. Before and after the Galwan clashes, it is clear from the satellite images that check points, military bases, villages and helipads have increased massively in Chinese territory along the de facto line. It seems that Beijing is strategically stalling the withdrawal of forces from Depsang and Demchok. If their soldiers stay there for a long time – Delhi will remain silent after years.
The 19th round of military talks was recently held between India and China with the aim of establishing a peaceful atmosphere on the borders. They seem to have yielded some positive results. After the 18th round of talks in April this year, the two sides did not even come forward to issue a joint statement. Matched with different ads. Now they have issued a joint statement. It said that it was decided to resolve the unresolved issues on the borders at the earliest. Prime Minister Modi will go to South Africa next week for the BRICS Summit. He is likely to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping there. Next month, Xi Jinping will come to India for the G-20 summit. It is almost certain that they will meet then. With positive winds in the 19th round of military talks – the stage is set for their bilateral meetings.
A perfect opportunity
During Modi’s visit to America in June this year, key agreements were signed between Delhi and Washington in the fields of defense and technology. India has been prioritizing for several years the improvement of relations with the US as well as many key countries in the Indo-Pacific region. These developments do not sit well with Beijing. India is not heeding their call to put aside the border dispute and discuss other bilateral relations. On the other hand, China is eager to invade Taiwan. In these circumstances, Beijing may feel that a confrontation with India is not in their best interest. Hence, chances are high that it will tone down the aggression for the time being in the case of the de facto line. Delhi should take full advantage of this situation. The DRAGON should be forced to withdraw its forces completely from the border conflict areas and protect Indian sovereignty