“In a larger context, we need to very carefully calibrate our actions on LAC to be able to safeguard our interests and sensitivities. As far as PLA’s force levels are concerned, there has been no significant reduction,” the Army chief said while addressing an event.
Speaking about the infrastructure development by China along the Line of Actual Control, the Army chief said, “It is going on unabated”, adding that they are looking at a date for the 17th round of talks.
Pande also said that the Indian Army’s preparations along LAC for winter posture is under way.
Though the two sides disengaged from Patrolling Point 15 (PP-15) in September, there has been no progress on resolving the standoff in the Demchok and Depsang regions.
India and China held a high-level military dialogue on July 17 that lasted for nearly 12 hours and a half. In line with a decision taken at the meeting, the two sides carried out disengagement from Patrolling Point 15 in the Gogra-Hotsprings area.
India has been consistently maintaining that peace and tranquillity along the LAC are key for the overall development of the bilateral ties. The eastern Ladakh border standoff erupted on May 5, 2020, following a violent clash in the Pangong lake areas. Both sides gradually enhanced their deployment by rushing in tens of thousands of soldiers and heavy weaponry. As a result of a series of military and diplomatic talks, the two sides completed the disengagement process last year on the north and south banks of the Pangong lake and in the Gogra area.
The disengagement in the Pangong lake area took place in February last year, while the withdrawal of troops and equipment from Patrolling Point 17(A) in Gogra took place in August last year.