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As India-China talks fail & tensions rise, Delhi concerned about another ‘Galwan-like flare-up’

By The Print

With the last round of India-China corps commander-level talks doing little to ease tensions, sections of India’s strategic community are concerned that the confrontation could likely get worse at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh, and that Beijing may not continue with the regular lines of communication.

While India didn’t expect movement on the disengagement plans, owing to China’s recent actions to deploy more troops at the LAC, the commentary from Beijing this time that India had made “unreasonable demands” has prompted strategic sources in New Delhi to believe that this could lead to a ‘Galwan-like’ flare-up, ThePrint has learnt.

According to sources, while the coming winter may be difficult for Indian troops, by March-April next year, there could even be a fresh bout of violence, including the possible use of firearms.

Sources also said that this time the Chinese had even hinted at “changing their approach” on lines of communication.

Ever since the LAC stand-off began in April-May 2020, both sides have mainly followed a three-tier approach — regular talks at the diplomatic and military levels, along with a dialogue track between External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.

To top all of this, talks were also held between National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and top Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi. It was Doval and Yang who agreed to a disengagement plan in 2020.

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