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The 135-km long Pangong Tso, a landlocked lake that is partly in the Ladakh region and partly in Tibet, has seen tensions between India and China since May.
China will seek to clinch a disengagement agreement to achieve its political aim. India shouldn’t be in a hurry to agree to disengage or deescalate.
The Army chief met the 'Fire and Fury' Corps and undertook a first-hand assessment of the situation along the Line of Actual Control.
The Mountain Strike Corps played a key role in shaping India’s counter-offensive strategy that led to the domination of the southern banks of the Pangong Tso.
Government sources say India-China tensions could continue to simmer at the LAC even if a temporary disengagement takes place.
On ongoing LAC standoff in Ladakh, both sides have agreed to have another round of Senior Commanders meeting at ‘appropriate time’, says MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava.
Indian Army has more experience of operating at high altitudes than Chinese, and as Ladakh gets colder, plans are in place to ensure soldiers are fighting fit.
According to India, once Thimpu settles the matter with Beijing, it will be “easier” for New Delhi to at least begin talks on the trijunction.
The Chinese and Indian militaries held the eighth round of Corps Commander-level meeting on 6 November to resolve the military standoff that erupted in early May.
Gen Malik noted that the incursions by China in multiple locations in Ladakh in early May was an 'intelligence and surveillance failure'.