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India wants status quo ante in Ladakh, revert to April 2020 situation, India’s CDS General Bipin Rawat tells

By WION

India wants to achieve status quo ante along the border with China in Ladakh and revert to the situation on the border as of April 2020, the nation’s Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat told WION in an exclusive interview.

“Yes, we wish to achieve status quo ante,” General Rawat said while speaking to WION’s Executive Editor Palki Sharma. “Our bottom line is that we want to revert to the April 2020 situation.”

“This is what has been communicated to the Chinese. So the ultimate aim is to ensure that we reverse to status quo ante.” If that happens, he said, “there will be some kind of belief in each other, satisfaction that it’s not likely to lead to further escalation.”

Noting that reversing the status quo will be a gradual process, General Rawat said, “I’m quite sure both sides are looking to return to status quo ante. Let’s hope for the best because efforts are being made at all levels, be it political, diplomatic or at the military front.”

He said the lower commanders of both sides are “constantly in contact to make sure that the situation does not turn ugly”.

The border tensions in eastern Ladakh intensified last June, leading to the deaths of twenty Indian soldiers and four Chinese troops in Galwan Valley.

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