Ladakh Standoff: China wants India to vacate key dominant heights before LAC de-escalation

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Leh (Ladakh): The military stand-off between India and China at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh has continued for more than four months now with both the Indian Army and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) massing huge numbers of forces on both sides.

Despite several rounds of dialogue at the military and diplomatic levels, the crisis seems set to continue into the next few months.

The Chinese are now making several unreasonable demands which make it difficult for India to back off from the standoff.

China is insisting that India vacates strategic heights on the south bank of Pangong Lake ahead of talks on disengagement on the LAC, top Indian Army sources said.

During the Corps Commander-level talks, China told India that will not discuss disengagement in eastern Ladakh, where the build-up by both sides has triggered a war- like situation over the last four months, till the time India vacates the strategic positions.

Chinese People’s Liberation Army troops are adamant on resolving the situation first on the south bank where the Indian troops are in position of strength tactically, but India wants a roadmap for de-escalation all along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh to be drawn out.

India stated, during the talks, that all friction areas, including Depsang, should be discussed for disengagement all along the LAC.

“Why should discussions be restricted to one or two places when there is a massive build-up all across the LAC,” a top Indian Army officer said

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