The top Indian military brass briefed a Parliamentary panel about Chinese aggression along the Line of Actual Control, adding the Indian side was prepared for a long haul on the LAC with China. The panel was also told that the Army was ready for deployment during harsh winters in the eastern Ladakh sector.
Led by Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, the top military officers informed the panel that de-escalation between India and China may take more time. However, the Indian side assured its preparedness in case of any eventuality.
On June 15, as many as 20 Indian soldiers were martyred in a violent clash with the Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley. In a related development, the Major General-level talks between Indian and Chinese armies to discuss disengagement in the Depsang plains north of Galwan area started on August 8 near the LAC.
News agency IANS has mentioned sources as saying that the talks are taking place at Daulat Beg Oldie for the de-escalation of troops and material in the Depsang plains, which is a table-top plateau to the north of Galwan.
The Indian side is being led by General Officer Commanding of 3 Mountain Division, Major General Abhijit Bapat.
Meanwhile, Delhi Policy Group, one of India’s oldest think tanks, has deduced that China’s game plan for the LAC stand-off with India will include a combination of deception, disinformation, pressure, and continuation of its long-term expansionist policies.