India and China have decided to hold high-level talks in the Indian Border Point Meeting hut in Chushul-Moldo to resolve the standoff at LAC on Ladakh and Sikkim border. Lieutenant General Harinder Singh, Commander of 14 Corps will meet his Chinese counterpart the Commander of the Tibet Military District.
Indian agenda for the high-level talks
According to official sources, India will insist on restoration of the previous state of affairs in all areas of eastern Ladakh. Also, India will oppose the huge build up of Chinese forces in the region and ask China not to oppose infrastructure development on the Indian side.
Chinese military has been obstructing normal patrolling by Indian troops along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh and Sikkim. Also, it alleged Indian army of trespassing into the Chinese side. The present standoff has already witnessed skirmishes between soldiers of the two armies in the Pangong Tso Lake region on May 5 and May 6.
Reason for the Indo-China standoff
India has been developing roads in the Finger area around the Pangong Tso Lake and in the Darbuk-Shayok-Daulat Beg Oldie area in Galwan Valley. But China is strongly opposing the infrastructure buildup by India. For India, this infrastructure is important for smooth patrolling of the area. And the country has decided to continue with its road buildup projects despite stiff opposition by China.
History of Indo-China relations
Both the countries have fought a brief war in 1962 and were also involved in a military standoff in Doklam that lasted for three months in 2017.