India-China tensions at Depsang, a disengagement sticking point, began much before May

India-China tensions at Depsang Plains in Ladakh precede the current stand-off by several months at least, ThePrint has learnt. The situation in the area, sources said, is similar to the one that existed in Pangong Tso before the current stand-off began in early May.

Both Pangong Tso and Depsang Plains have emerged as sticking points during the India-China disengagement efforts along multiple points in Ladakh, with the process entering a stalemate in the face of Beijing’s lack of cooperation.

Even though talks at the corps commander-level have hit a roadblock, a fresh dialogue is being held Saturday at the Major General-level, a notch below, in Daulat Beg Oldi. The talks will focus on Depsang Plains and the overall situation.

According to sources in the defence and security establishment, tensions at Depsang Plains can be traced to China’s 18-km incursion into the area, which is close to the strategic Daulat Beg Oldi base, in 2013, and the 2017 Doklam stand-off.

It was reported in 2013 that the three weeks of tensions triggered by the Chinese incursions had been resolved after talks, with India and China agreeing to go back.

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