India will not agree to the Chinese military commanders’ proposal to withdraw from Finger 1, one of the eight mountainous spurs jutting out of the Sirijap range that overlooks the north banks of Pangong Tso.
Chinese commanders have urged Indian troops to move back to Finger 1 while the People’s Liberation Army soldiers will go back to Finger 8 and thereby convert the area between the two spurs as a no-activity buffer zone, or a no-man’s land.
However, India categorically denies to comply with this. The Chinese troops had violated 30 years of written agreements to maintain peace and harmony along the LAC on May 5, 2020, had been sitting on finger 4 and patrolling till Finger 8.
At present, both the Chinese and the Indian army are standing toe to toe on Finger 4 and China is building its infrastructure up to Finger 8. Both the armies are deployed close to each other in the Gogra-Hot Springs area with upgradation of military capabilities in the occupied Aksai Chin area.
According to sources military commanders in New Delhi have said that this proposal has been rejected. India cannot reward China for its transgressions. India wants China to restore status quo ante and PLA to go back to its position as of April 2020.
Army Chief General MM Naravane concluded his visit to forward areas of the East Ladakh sector where hundreds of Indian soldiers are deployed in sub-polar temperatures to match the PLA’s strength.
Senior officers in the army have maintained that accepting the Chinese proposal would mean ceding control over territory patrolled by Indian Army and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police before Chinese troops started transgressions across the Indian perception of the Line of Actual Control (LAC).