HAVING WITHSTOOD the peak of winter face to face with Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh, India has toughened its stance on negotiations with China over withdrawal of troops from friction points in the region in the nearly ten-month border standoff, sources told The Indian Express.
During Sunday’s military commander-level talks on the Chinese side of the Chushul-Moldo meeting point, India, sources said, rejected China’s last proposal on troop withdrawals and insisted that any disengagement would have to be a “simultaneous and step-by-step effort” by both sides.
Besides, India proposed that from the next meeting, detailed discussions should also be held on the withdrawal of Chinese troops from Depsang Plains.
Sources said that in the latest round of talks, India said it would not agree to the Chinese proposal that their troops would withdraw to Finger 8 on the north bank of Pangong Tso after India withdraws from the south bank of the lake.
China, which is currently occupying positions till Finger 4 on the north bank, had made this proposal during the eighth round of military talks on November 6, 2020. It had said both sides would vacate the friction point on Finger 4 with India restricting itself to Finger 3 and China going back to Finger 8, with neither side patrolling the area in between.
“It was made clear that this proposal was not acceptable as it was conditional on our withdrawal first. We have told them this time that any disengagement can only…