With the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) holding out on de-esclataion at some points of its transgressions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh — Gogra-Hot Springs as well as Pangong Tso — the Narendra Modi government is considering new ways to counter China and ensuring that the troops are back to their peacetime locations.
According to people familiar with the matter in the government and the military, contrary to China’s public posture that building trust with India is one of its diplomatic priorities, the PLA continues to sit on the green top of the Finger 4 feature on the north bank of Pangong Tso. This allows China a dominant sweep from Finger 3 to Finger 8. All the PLA has done is to vacate the saddle and the ridge beyond the brown top on the contested Finger 4.
The situation in the Gogra-Hot Springs area near Kongka La is no different — the PLA is where it transgressed, with an objective to come up to the Kugrang River, a tributary of the Shyok River.