India-China Dispute: Relations between India and China have been bitter for the past several years. China has often been carrying out provocation activities. The Indian Army has also been giving a befitting reply by keeping a close watch on the activities of Chinese soldiers on the border. However, in the meantime, the withdrawal of Indian and Chinese troops from Gogra-Hot Springs in Ladakh is considered a good sign towards restoration of peace.
A statement from the Ministry of External Affairs said that India and China have agreed that all temporary infrastructure and many other infrastructure built in the region will be demolished and then mutually verified.
China made many constructions near the border
China’s antics were recently revealed in new satellite pictures. In this it was revealed that China is developing transport infrastructure near the disputed Pangong Tso near the Line of Actual Control (LAC). In many places, the work of building new wide roads, bridges was started. Apart from this, many aid facilities were also being constructed on the northern bank of the lake. Recently, the news of the Chinese army settling a village near the LAC was also in the headlines. Earlier in November 2021, the US Defense Department’s Pentagon report claimed that Dragon has settled villages on the LAC in Arunachal Pradesh.
20 Indian soldiers were martyred in Galwan
Tension between India and China remained intact in the Ladakh region for the last two years. About two years ago, the army of both the countries got entangled in the Galvan Valley. There was a fierce skirmish between the soldiers on both sides. During this struggle, 20 Indian soldiers had sacrificed for their land. It was also revealed in the media report that more than 40 Chinese soldiers were killed or injured in the clash. After the conflict in Galvan, the tension between the two countries kept increasing.
The soldiers of India and China were face to face for almost two years at Gogra Hot Springs. Dragon had captured many patrol points of India. There were several rounds of talks between the two countries, but the Chinese army was not ready to back down. It was mentioned in many media reports that China had deployed about 50 thousand soldiers in that area.
What does India want?
India believes that China should also do de-escalation and de-induction after disengaging on the LAC adjacent to Eastern Ladakh. According to sources, even though the disengagement from PP-15 of Gogra-Hot Spring in eastern Ladakh will be completed by September 12, there is no complete peace on the LAC yet. Unless there is de-escalation and de-induction, the status of April 2020 on the LAC adjoining Eastern Ladakh cannot be restored.
India-China agreed on this matter
According to the Ministry of External Affairs, both the countries have agreed that the LAC will be fully respected and there will be no scope for unilateral changes from either side. Apart from this, by resolving the PP-15 dispute, both the countries have agreed to take the talks forward. For peace, it has been agreed to resolve the rest of the disputed areas of the LAC as well.
What will the dragon have to do now?
In order to restore the status quo on the Line of Actual Control in April 2020 and establish peace, China will have to do disengagement as well as de-escalation and de-induction. The meaning of the escalation is that along with the Chinese soldiers on the border, the stock of tanks, cannons and missiles should be reduced. According to media reports, about 60 thousand Chinese soldiers are deployed on the LAC adjacent to eastern Ladakh. In such a situation, de-induction from the forward area is also necessary, that is, the Chinese army should go back to the barracks from the forward post of LAC, as it was in April 2020.
There was tension in these areas
Tension had increased significantly after the Galwan Valley conflict between India and China. Soldiers of both the countries clashed in Galwan Valley, in which 20 Indian soldiers were martyred. There was an atmosphere of tension in the areas PP-17A, PP 15 of the Finger Area, Kailash Hill Range, Gogra-Hot Spring, adjacent to Pangong-Tso Lake. However, at present the armies of both the countries have withdrawn from these areas and the tension has definitely reduced a bit. However, there are Depsang Plain and Demchok areas in eastern Ladakh, where there is a dispute since 2008 and 2013. No consensus has yet been reached on both the areas.
Don’t trust the dragon!
It is difficult to say anything very strongly about any move of the dragon. No one has any idea when the trickster China will go back on its promises. Many countries of the world believe that China’s ambition is increasing. China does not appear ready to give up its expansionist policies. It makes every effort to put pressure on neighboring India. The dragon wants to make its entry in the Ladakh region so that it can put pressure on India and this is the reason why it has also been tempting it to keep Pakistan in its court.
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