Ladakh situation ‘sensitive’ — Defence ministry says China standoff likely to be prolonged

The situation in Eastern Ladakh arising out of “unilateral” aggression by China continues to be “sensitive”, and the standoff is likely to be prolonged, the Ministry of Defence has said.

An official ministry document on the major activities in June says Chinese aggression has been increasing along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and “more particularly” in the Galwan valley since 5 May.

It also brings on record “transgressions” by China in the areas of Kugrang Nala and Gogra in the Hot Spring area, besides the northern bank of Pangong Tso on 17-18 May.

While the document does not mention the transgressions in Galwan valley, it notes the “violent face off incident” between the two sides on 15 June.

The face-off in Galwan valley, over a kilometre into Indian territory, led to the death of 20 Indian soldiers and an unconfirmed number of casualties on the Chinese side. China has still not owned up to casualties.

Giving details of the transgressions by China, the ministry said while engagement and dialogue at military and diplomatic levels are continuing to arrive at a “mutually acceptable” consensus, “the present stand off is likely to be prolonged”.

ThePrint had reported on 26 June that the standoff with China could easily last well into winters.

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