While diplomatic efforts are under way to resolve the face-off with China,both sides will get one more chance to discuss the issue at the Border Personnel Meeting to be held on May 1 on the occasion of International Workers Day at Chushul in Ladakh.
Though this is scheduled meeting between the Indian Army and the Peoples Liberation Army,sources said the incursion at Depsang plains could be discussed. Hectic parleys are also on to resolve the issue through daily meetings of the working mechanism on border management.
Meanwhile,more details on the Chinese deployment has come to light. The Indian side has found that besides the four tents that are 19 km inside the LAC,the Chinese troops have also set up an administrative base. The temporary base,between the forward encampment and the LAC,comprises of a tent and serves as a logistics camp. Sources said though there is no increase in troop levels,the Chinese troops have been moving in and out of the administrative base.
The Chinese side is yet to respond to Indias call for a third flag meeting on the issue,which sources said,was scheduled for April 26 but was postponed indefinitely. Chushul is one of the places for flag meetings and border personnel meetings that are also held on Independence Day,Republic Day and on the New Years eve.
A senior official said the first flag meeting was held after the Chinese put up three tents around 18 km inside Indian territory on April 15 but they failed to give any suitable reason for their action.
It was in the second flag meeting on April 23 that they said they had a problem with certain defence infrastructures that were coming up in Chumar and Phukche and the constructions needs to be stopped immediately. We see this as an after-thought as they too are building infrastructure in the areas, said a source. Both the places are at least 250-km away from Raki Nala in Despang plains. Official sources said there have been increased movement of Chinese choppers. After the second flag meeting there was one on April 24 too, the source said.
SP against Khurshid visit to China
NEW DELHI: SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday opposed the proposed visit of External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid to Beijing slated for May 9 in the House. He was supported by BJD member Bhartruhari Mahtab and Sudip Bandyopadhyay of the TMC. Mulayam said the government response to Chinese incursion reflected cowardice. He recalled having raised the issue many times with the Prime Minister and the defence minister. I went to his (Prime Ministers) chamber to talk to him,but no action was taken, he said. When the Army chief says the troops are ready to respond,why is the government not issuing instructions? he asked. ENS