| New Delhi |
Updated: December 8, 2020 2:35:43 am
THE ARMY’S move to occupy dominant heights in the Chushul sub-sector and bolster its position in the border face-off with China in eastern Ladakh was taken after a political go-ahead in May to occupy “six to seven locations” along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), a senior government official told The Indian Express.
Following these directions, the top official said, the Army formulated plans and outmanoeuvred Chinese troops in August-end to occupy the heights, including Mukhpari, Rezang La, Rechin La and Gurung Hill among others, and the south bank of Pangong Tso in the sub-sector.
The political leadership “had given instructions to the forces in May itself, to identify six to seven locations where we can go”, the official said. Underlining the significance of these positions, the official said several of them are beyond the LAC. “It has given India something to bargain with,” the official said.
On the current state of play, the official said, India is awaiting a response from China to a memo it had sent for the ninth round of discussions at the level of the corps commander. The eighth round of…