The standoff at the border with China has entered its fifth month, but there is hardly any sign of a thaw. Moreover, both the countries are preparing for the biting cold of the winters along the LAC. Amidst, the seventh meeting of senior military commanders of India and China will take place on October 12 to work towards the elusive resolution to the border dispute in Ladakh.
Indian representative Lt General Harinder Singh, the XIV Corps Commander headed the last six discussions, but this will be his last interaction as his one-year tenure comes to an end on October 14. After this he will be in charge of the Indian Military Academy (IMA).
Singh will be succeeded by Lt General P G K Menon, who was part of the discussion in the last meeting of Corps Commanders on September 21. He will also be part of this meeting. The last meeting on September 21 was the first when a diplomat was in attendance from the Indian side. Naveen Srivastava, Joint Secretary (East Asia) in the Ministry of External Affairs was part of the last discussion. Srivastava had been a part of and was leading the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC), for all the five meetings held earlier since May. The WMCC, in the last meeting decided the next meeting of Senior Commanders “should be held at an early date so that both sides can work towards early and complete disengagement of the troops along the LAC (Line of Actual Control)…”
On the other hand the Chinese delegation has been headed by Major General Liu Lin, commander of the South Xinjiang Military Region. Both the sides agreed to and released a joint statement: to “earnestly implement the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries”.
China and India have toughened their stances since September 21. China had said last week that it does not give importance to the new Union Territory of Ladakh, and vehemently opposed India building infrastructure there “for military control purposes”.