15th India-China Military Talks Ended In Stalemate; Experts Disappointed

| Updated: 14 March, 2022 2:22 pm IST

NEW DELHI: India and China agreed to maintain security and stability on the ground along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Western Sector during their 15th round of military talks, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has said.

The Corps Commander-level meeting was held at the Chushul-Moldo border meeting point on the Indian side on March 11.

“The two sides carried forward their discussions from the previous round held on 12th January 2022 for the resolution of the relevant issues along the LAC in the Western Sector,” the ministry stated in a release.

It further said, “They had a detailed exchange of views in this regard, in keeping with the guidance provided by the State Leaders to work for the resolution of the remaining issues at the earliest.”

During the talks, both sides reaffirmed that “such a resolution” would help restore peace and tranquility along the LAC and facilitate progress in bilateral relations.

Experts, however, expressed disappointment over the continuing stalemate in the talks between the two countries, blaming the Chinese side for applying pressure to accept its terms.

“Over, it is disappointing as nothing concrete has come out even after 15 rounds. It’s clear that China wants things resolved on its terms. This is not at all conducive to improve bilateral relations,” Commodore (retired) Seshadri Vasan, Director General of Chennai Centre for China Studies.

He further said, “All that it has done is to prevent escalation which is not bad but, it does not help the cause of normalisation. China would continue to try and apply pressure and is unlikely to work to resolve this issue that has remained sore for decades.”

Dr. Jabin T. Jacob, an expert on China and a professor at Shiv Nadar University, told  The New Indian, “The negotiation with the Chinese is not going anywhere. We have seen that China has violated most of the major agreements signed in 1993, 1996 and 2005.”

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