LAC Talks at Battalion and Brigade Level: Commander of the Northern Army | Latest India News
The Indian Army and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China have established various communication channels at the battalion and brigade level in the strategic region of Ladakh to prevent small incidents from escalating into larger incidents on along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), Armée du Nord Commander Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi said on Friday.
He also said the past practice of “body pushing”, or scuffles that break out when rival patrols come face to face, has been stopped.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the North Tech Symposium seminar at the Northern Command Headquarters in Udhampur, Lt. Gen. Dwivedi said: “The situation on the LAC to date is stable but it is on heightened alert. Why? Because we don’t want the situation that happened in April 2020 to happen again. Accordingly, the deployment of force as well as the deployment of equipment is calibrated, and we will ensure that any misadventure of the adversary does not occur. take place again”.
The Northern Army commander said a series of measures had been put in place to prevent small incidents from escalating into larger clashes.
“To make sure that there is no irritant, which risks becoming a violent situation, what we have done is that first at the lower level, that is to say at the battalion and brigade level, now we have opened various communication channels and we have regular hotline exchanges,” he said.
The lingering border standoff between India and China is in its third year, with a full resolution not in sight even though both sides have had partial success in disengaging rival soldiers from some areas of friction on the LAC , and talks are underway to end the impasse that has cast a shadow over the bilateral relationship. Despite the disengagement of soldiers from the Galwan Valley, Pangong Tso and the Gogra-Hot Springs area, the two armies still have around 60,000 soldiers each and advanced weapons deployed in the Ladakh theater.
The Indian Army and the PLA held 15 rounds of military talks to ease border tensions, but problems at Patrol Point 15 near Kongka La, Depsang Bulge in Daulet Beg Oldi area and Charding Nullah Junction ( CNJ) in the Demchok area are still under negotiation. table.
“As far as the talks are concerned, the Indian army has achieved what it should. We could be in the current status until perpetuity until there is a political rapprochement between the two countries,” he said. Lt. Gen. Rakesh Sharma (Retired), a military affairs expert and former commander of HQ 14 Corps based in Leh, said last month.
Over the past two years, India and China have hardened their stance on the LAC with an increase in military activities on both sides of the border, the deployment of modern weapons, the development of infrastructure and a series of maneuvers of combat by their armies.
“We shut down the system of that bodily push etc. that was there earlier and no physical contact is assured,” Lt. Gen. Dwivedi said. “Wherever there is an irritant, we immediately call for talks… We sit down together at battalion and brigade level and come to an amicable solution. As for the questions, which are of difference of perception of the LAC, they must be dealt with at the higher level, that is to say during a meeting at the level of the corps commander or with the MEA level. These meetings continue to take place regularly because you know that the 15th meeting was held on March 11, 2022 for a kind of negotiation to move forward,” he said.
Dwivedi said that since the difference in perception of LAC was a long-standing issue in which foreign ministries are involved, it will take time. “And, for that, we both have to exercise strategic patience,” he said. “We used to say that the Chinese have strategic patience. They are ready to wait. Now present India has come a long way and we also have strategic patience and we are also willing to wait.
He added that this means that India is now negotiating from a position of strength, with confidence and according to the law of fair play. “On the ground, as far as operational readiness is concerned, there will be no failures, I can assure you of that.”