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China’s PLA troop disengagement over Ladakh has a condition

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Even as China and India meet on October 12 to engage in the seventh round of meetings so far, PLA is complicating things at the border. People’s Liberation Army (PLA) commanders have insisted that the Indian Army first disengage from the southern bank of Pangong Tso and the Rezang La-Rechin La ridgeline before the Chinese Army withdraw from the Finger Four spur on the north bank of the saltwater lake.

Indian and Chinese army commanders are set to meet in Ladakh on October 12 to de-escalate tension in the sector. However, PLA is showing no signs of disengagement. On the contrary, they are deploying solar- and gas- heated troop containers and pitching snow tents on the ridgelines to defend their positions on the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

As per information available with government officials privy to the situation, the PLA has dug in for the winter. Each container can house 4-6 soldiers. There are also new medical facilities coming up in the depth areas to treat those suffering from altitude sickness or high-altitude pulmonary edema.

The Indian army and the government feel that for a disengagement there should be several rounds of discussions on the diplomatic level and military level. However, PLA commanders have other plans as they are not on the same page. Their adamant stand that the Indian army disengage first is only muddling the already tense situation along the border. The PLA is asking the Indian army to disengage from the southern bank of Pangong Tso and the Rezang La-Rechin La ridgeline.

As of now, the disengagement is locked in a stalemate on both the north and south banks. Apart, there is also no improvement in the Gogra-Hot Springs area, north of the lake. The PLA is also disrupting the patrols in the Depsang Bulge area. This has forced the Indian army to step on the gas to avert possible Chinese move to transgress into the Indian side of the LAC before snowfall begins after October 15. 

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