A fresh stand-off have been reported from the tense Ladakh sector on the India-China Himalayan frontier, this time from Chumar.
“Chinese soldiers have moved forward and are now in close proximity of the Indian post there,” said an officer in the sector. “Their build-up is considerable.”
But he was not willing to provide more details, saying ” We are all looking forward to the June 6 talks” between 14th Corp Commander Lt Gen Harinder Singh and his counterpart in the Southern Xinjiang military district.
32.67*N, 78.56*E is the grid reference of the stand-off area.
Senior officers now admit that the Chinese intrusions in the area of Pangong Tso, Hot Springs and Galwan riverare considerable, something that Defence Minister Rajnath Singh admitted when he said “Kafi bhari sankhya me aaye gain.” (they have come in big numbers) . The intrusions are deep and threaten Indian forward posts.
” Having seized the initiative by securing approximately 40-60 square km of Indian territory in three different areas, China will be negotiating from a position of strength and will try to impose unacceptable conditions–no further development of border infrastructure on the Indian side–to restore status quo on its own terms. If diplomacy fails, China has come prepared for a border skirmish or a limited war,” said former Northern Army commander Lt Gen H S Panag.
” India’s task is cut out. It has to ensure that status quo ante 1 April, 2020 prevails for quasi sanctification of the “un-demarcated” LAC, so that China does not advance similar claims in future to gain tactical advantage and embarrass/humiliate India at will,” Panag wrote in the PRINT website. ” If it cannot be done diplomatically, then it must be done by force. However, rather than evolving a clear strategy and broadly sharing it with the nation, the Narendra Modi government and the military have gone into ‘denial’ about any loss of territory, attributing the present situation to differing perceptions about the LAC.”
He rubbished some journalists and activists “who are also busy peddling their interpretation of the alignment of the LAC to prove that no territory has been seized by China.”
” A perception is being built for diplomatic acquiescence. What else does China want? We are playing into its hands,” Panag wrote in a direct attack at those trying to play down the intrusions for political reasons.
Another former major-general Gaganjit Singh who has commanded mountain divisions on the China border said “the intrusions are very deep and someone was obviously sleeping for long.”
“How could they come this far ? Now we can do nothing, can we fight and throw them out from they have dug in, very difficult. Talks will fail, only if we have some bargain somewhere else could be push for a deal , but I doubt if we have such plans . Now We have to be careful of Arunachal Pradesh also,” Gaganjit Singh told Easternlink.