Despite Pangong de-escalation, China threat remains: Army chief

Despite the de-escalation on Pangong Lake in Ladakh, the threat from China has not entirely dissipated, Army chief MM Naravane said Thursday as he stressed on the need to demarcate the Line of Actual Control. He also said the seriousness of Pakistan with regard to the ceasefire at the Line of Control could only be gauged after the onset of the summer.

“Unless a substantial amount of de-escalation takes place and the troops that had come from multiple places and are currently within striking distance of the border go back, the threat remains,” Naravane said at the Times Now International Economic Conclave.

He said there was tension on the Northern borders which was resolved through multiple rounds of talks culminating in disengagement at Pangong Tso. “The interaction was at different levels including the foreign ministers and defence ministers of both countries and reversion to status quo ante of April 2020 was the bottomline in all discussions.”

On the recently concluded military level talks with Pakistan, the Chief of Army Staff said: “There were talks between the DsGMO of both sides and a joint statement was issued on February 25, agreeing to resuscitate the ceasefire understanding of 2003 which was being honoured more in its breach. The whole month of March, we didn’t witness even a single round being fired on the LC barring one incident. It is for the first time in about five to six years that the LC has been silent. This really bodes well…

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