India-China standoff: Over to Lt Generals now to lead military talks on deadlock, all eyes on June 6 meet

India-China standoff: Over to Lt Generals now to lead military talks on deadlock, all eyes on June 6 meet

As part of efforts to de-escalate the situation along the LAC in Ladakh, Lt General-level officers from Indian and Chinese armies will hold talks after multiple rounds of militarily dialogue did not yield any results to end the month-long standoff.

The talks are scheduled to take place on June 6 and are considered critical to end the deadlock. It is likely that the Indian delegation will be led by the Leh-based 14 Corp Commander.

In the laid out protocol, this is the higher level of military dialogue to discuss sensitive matters whenever there is a dispute.

Three rounds of talks have already taken place between Major General-rank officers who are division-level commanders.

Both countries have stated that they are hopeful of a resolution to end the ongoing tussle in Ladakh through established bilateral mechanisms.

Since May 5 after a clash at the Pangong Lake in Eastern Ladakh between troops from both sides left many wounded, there has been a troop build-up, raising tensions between India and China.

The massive build-up by China that included enhancement of troop deployment, pitching of tents, amplifying artillery and armoured firepower near the Line of Actual Control (LAC) prompted a similar response by Indian, raising tensions.

The escalation was first triggered after China objected to road construction by India near the LAC in Ladakh.