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Local army commanders meet, no resolution of contentious issues found, an impasse in situation
PLA trying to bully, Indian army stands resolute

Leh(Ladakh), May 21, (Scoop News)-The local commanders of two hostile armies, India and China, failed to achieve any success in deescalating the tensions along the Line of Actual Control (LoAC) in eastern Ladakh as both sides remained stuck to their stated positions, informed sources said.

For past two days, the local commanders have been holding meetings regularly at a meeting point but of no avail, they said adding that “An uneasy calm is prevailing in the area. However, no fresh skirmish was reported from the border during past few days.”

Sources said India knew its present position at Finger 4 while China asserts to push Indian troops to Finger 2, a distance of about 10 km inside LoAC to which India refuses to oblige.

“Both sides are holding to their respective positions and neither side is ready to yield,” they said.

“There is an impasse in the situation.”

Sources said the sticking point between two armies is about the construction of road leading to north bank of Pongong Tso. Indian perception of the LoAC is along Finger 5, a ridgeline between one of the eight mountain spurs that terminates at north bank of the lake and each ridgeline is separated by about three kms.

Similar incidents of incursions took place over 15 years ago when Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) personnel prevented herdsmen from Changthang and its adjoining areas to take their cattle to traditional pastures. For centuries the pastures at Skajung was being used by both Tibetan and Changthang herdsmen jointly and would also exchange their goods at Dumchelay.

PLA roughed up Indian herdsmen, seized their cattle and pushed them back to Indian side then. From next summer season, Indian troops didn’t permit the herdsmen to take their cattle to Skajung for grazing. China took advantage of the same and the entire valley is under PLA’s control at present.

China has been bullying India before 1962 war and thereafter. In 1967, China laid its claim on Indian Territory near North East Frontier Area (NEFA). They (China) wanted to construct a road up to Nathula Pass but for straight alignment they had to get Indian troops vacated from the area. Indian army took a firm stand and didn’t budge to dragon’s coercion.

An armed duel broke out between the two armies, Indian army proved its mettle in the battle field and pushed back Chinese troops several kms inside their own territory. Chinese army beseeched for a ceasefire and agreed to conform to all terms and conditions listed by Indian army in the area....
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