Amid Chinese fighter jet incident, Indian and Chinese militaries prepare for 16th round of talks after four months

(TibetanReview.net, Jul10’22) – India and China are finalizing the date for the 16th round of their corps commander-level talks after a four-month gap amid reports that a plane Chinese fighter jets reportedly flew near Indian troop positions along the LAC in the Ladakh region during the last week of June.

India remains keen to settle the border issue by forcing China to leave the territories it occupied in early 2020 and thus restore the status quo while China insists that the border settlement could wait while the two sides should normalize their relations in other areas of mutual interest.

Their irreconcilable differences mean that a new talk, even if it takes place, may not see any concrete progress towards a full settlement of the border issue.

So far, China has refused even to complete the troop disengagement at Patrol Point 15 in the larger Hot Springs-Gogra-Kongka La area, let alone resolve the larger clashes in the Depsang Plains and Charding Ninglung Nallah, strategically located. junction of tracks in Demchok, underlined a timeofindia.com July 9 report.

During this time, the ANI The July 8 news service quoted sources as saying the fighter jet incident occurred at a time when the Chinese side was holding drills involving its fighter jets and air defense weapons, including the Russian-made S-400 air defense system in areas bordering eastern Ladakh. sector.

It was during such war games on the Chinese side in 2020 that the People’s Liberation Army diverted its troops in large numbers to the Indian positions in eastern Ladakh, which led to multiple confrontations and physical fights in the region, notes the report.

The report cites sources as clarifying that the recent fighter jet incident was not very serious, but such cases should be avoided by the other side as they can lead to possible escalation.

The Chinese fighter jet is said to have approached very close to the areas of LAC which had seen the confrontation between the Indian and Chinese sides during the ongoing military clash between the two sides since May 2020.

The Indian army and air force have reinforced their positions greatly since then and the whole sector of Ladakh has been fortified to such an extent that the adversaries cannot even think of unilaterally changing the status quo on the LAC, according to cited sources.

The two armies have maintained more than 50,000 troops “forward deployed” along the border in the region, the official noted. timeofindia.com report.