After over two weeks, the fifth round of Corps Commander level talks between India and China are likely to be held next week, which will focus on Pangong Tso at a time when the Chinese troops have increased their deployment in critical areas within their own territory, ThePrint has learnt.
All these developments come even as the status quo ante — the early April military deployment positions — that India has been insisting on, appear more difficult than when the whole stand-off started in early May.
There was no Border Personnel Meeting anywhere along the Line of Actual Control Saturday, as is customary on 1 August, which is the raising day of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
While India was keen for talks this week, China did not confirm the request. Defence sources downplayed this development, saying that the Chinese focus seems to have been on the PLA Raising Day celebrations.
Sources also said that the fifth round of talks will be held in the coming week and it will focus on further disengagement, especially at Pangong Tso.