Indian, Chinese armies peacefully resolve Pangong Tso standoff through talks

Indian, Chinese armies peacefully resolve Pangong Tso standoff through talks

Army sources said that a scuffle took place between Indian and Chinese soldiers on Wednesday along the banks of Pangong Tso Lake in eastern Ladakh, but the matter was swiftly settled through negotiations between the two militants.

Sources said the incident happened after patrolling by Indian troops when objections to their presence in the area by Chinese soldiers were not heeded, sources said on Thursday.

After the morning scuffle, both sides called for reinforcements of the troops and the standoff between the two sides remained until the evening, he said.

Military sources said the face-off after delegation-level talks between the two sides late in the evening.

The deadlock preceded by Chinese President Xi Jinping’s scheduled visit to India next month to hold a second informal summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

A source said, “The two sides completely disbanded after delegation-level talks yesterday. This is due to differing perceptions of LAC (Line of Actual Control). There are established mechanisms to resolve such incidents.” , “A source said.

When asked about the incident, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ravish Kumar said that it is important to keep in mind how quickly the case was resolved.

He said, “The matter has been settled. I think it is important to note that there are existing mechanisms between India and China to resolve such issues.”

“It is also important to note how quickly the matter is resolved. This means that the mechanisms that exist between India and China are working very well,” Kumar said.

India and China share a nearly 4,000-km-long border, the major parts of which are disputed. The two countries are separated by LAC in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir.

In August 2017, the Indian Army foiled Chinese incursions along the banks of Pangong Tso. A group of Chinese soldiers tried to enter the Indian side in two areas – Finger Four and Finger.

In the face-off, the two sides threw stones at each other and a video of the incident went viral on social media.

The incident occurred on the banks of Pangong Tso Lake when soldiers from both sides were locked in the Doklam standoff.

Modi and Xi held the first informal summit meeting in Wuhan in April last year to repair relations due to the 73-year-long Doklam standoff.

Source: Economic Times

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