New Delhi, June 03: All eyes would be on the crucial meeting of the Lieutenant Generals of India and China, amidst the stand off between the two countries along the Line of Actual Control.
The meeting will be held on June 6 and both sides would hope to end the deadlock, which is not over a month old. It may be recalled that Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh had admitted to a very large presence of Chinese troops in the high-altitude region.
The meeting comes after several rounds of talks between Brigadiers, Colonels and Major Generals failed. On Tuesday, a meeting of the Major Generals was held, but the same remained inconclusive.
Sources tell OneIndia that on June 6, Lt. General Harinder Singh will hold a meeting in a bid to end the stalemate. The source said that this meeting is being held even as back-channel talks continue.
India has maintained that it would not suspend its ongoing projects to build roads and bridges in the border areas.
India further has said that it will not enter any bilateral agreements that might infringe upon its sovereign right to build such infrastructure along the Line of Actual Control. India is also organising special trains to move 12,000 construction workers from Jharkhand to areas closer to the disputed boundary with China. The Ministry of Defence is working with the Ministry of Home Affairs and also the Ministry of Railways to move construction workers from Jharkhand to areas closer to the Ind0-China border.
The source cited above said that India wants to send a strong message to China with this move. The infrastructure work which was slowed down owing to the pandemic will pick up pace now, the source also said.
Currently 61 border roads are under construction. Only 25 per cent of these works are pending and hence now is the time to give it a further push and complete the work, the source cited above said. These roads at Ladakh would given India better access to areas close to the LAC.
The situation deteriorated after around 250 Chinese and Indian soldiers were engaged in a violent face-off on the evening of May 5 in Pangong Tso which spilled over to the next day before the two sides agreed to "disengage".
However, the standoff continued.
The trigger for the face-off was China's stiff opposition to India laying a key road in the Finger area around the Pangong Tso besides construction of another road connecting the Darbuk-Shayok-Daulat Beg Oldie road in Galwan Valley.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said bilateral talks were on at military and diplomatic levels with China to resolve the row.