The day after India and China held 13th round of corps commander-level talks, the Indian army said Monday that a meeting to resolve the LAC standoff was deadlocked. The army said in a statement that it made “constructive proposals” but that the Chinese side “did not agree.” The army said they were also unable to provide any promising proposals.
However, both sides agreed to maintain communication as well as stability on the ground.
“We expect that the Chinese side will take into account the overall perspective of bilateral relations and will work to resolve the remaining issues as soon as possible, with full respect for bilateral agreements and protocols,” the army said.
Sunday’s meeting took place after a two-month break – the previous round of discussions took place on 31 July. Officials hoped to reach an agreement to withdraw from PP15 to Hot Springs at the end of the meeting. In the Depsang Plains, China is blocking India’s access to its five patrol points – PP10, PP11, PP11A, PP12 and PP13. Some “so-called civilians” from China pitched tents on the Indian side of Charding Nala in Demchok.
The meeting took place against a backdrop of increasing reports of Chinese incursions into various locations along the LAC. A few days ago, Indian and Chinese patrols met face to face at Tawang, and in late August, Chinese troops crossed the LAC at Barahoti in Uttarakhand. The commander-in-chief of the army, General M.M. Narawane said on Saturday that China is building infrastructure in the region and “here for a long time.”