India, China Corps Commanders discuss broad proposals for disengagement
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- India and China made broad proposals for disengagement in eastern Ladakh and another round of talks is likely to take place.
- Broad proposals have been made by both sides and they will be discussed in another round of senior commander talks likely later this week.
- The proposals are being discussed at the highest levels in the government, including the apex group on China policy, the China Study Group.
- China has deployed around 50,000 troops along with tanks, armoured vehicles and air defences along the disputed boundary since the stand-off began in early May and this has been matched by India.
Stocking up for winter
- With several rounds of military and diplomatic talks remaining inconclusive, both sides have built habitats and stocked up essentials to house the thousands of troops through the harsh winter.
- With passes still open, vehicle movement was still on and winter stocking was almost complete, but once the passes close, sustenance for forward areas would be only through air.
- As the Indian Army occupied several dominating features that were lying vacant on the south bank of Pangong Tso (lake) in August, China has been pressing for discussing south bank first and other friction areas later. However, this has been rejected by India.
- A joint statement stated that both sides agreed to “earnestly implement” the consensus reached by leaders of the two countries, ensure their “front-line troops to exercise restraint and avoid misunderstanding and miscalculation”.