India snubs China, refuses to pull back its troops further from Pangong Tso in Ladakh

India snubs China, refuses to pull back its troops further from Pangong Tso in Ladakh

  • At the fifth Corps Commander-level meeting at Moldo on Sunday which lasted for 10 hours, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China was adamant about not moving back from its position at Finger-4 and instead, asked India to disengage further.

India has firmly told China that it will not move back its troops from its present military position north of the Pangong Tso Lake in eastern Ladakh.

China, during the fifth round of talks on August 2, had asked India to move back from the crucial position to break the deadlock in the disengagement process along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

The disengagement process has been stalled and differences have emerged between India and China on the status and claims even as military commanders of the two sides continue discussions on disengagement in eastern Ladakh.

India has been insisting that China must withdraw its forces from areas between Finger-4 and 8. The mountain spurs jutting into the lake are referred to as ‘Fingers’ in military parlance.

At the fifth Corps Commander-level meeting at Moldo on Sunday which lasted for 10 hours, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China was adamant about not moving back from its position at Finger-4.

Instead, Beijing asked New Delhi to pull back its troops further from the area.

As part of the disengagement process, a 3-km buffer zone between troops of either side had been established already at Finger-4.

The meeting made clear China’s non-committal for a complete disengagement at the border and the talks remained unsatisfactory with India directing its armed forces to prepare for a long haul.

At a review meeting on Tuesday afternoon in the South Block over the fifth round of Corps Commander level talks, it was decided that there was no question of diluting India’s stand.