The ongoing talks between India and China broke down on Sunday as the Chinese Army was neither “agreeable” nor “could provide any forward-looking proposals,” said Indian Army.
“During the meeting, the Indian side […] made constructive suggestions for resolving the remaining areas but the Chinese side was not agreeable and also could not provide any forward-looking proposals. The meeting thus did not result in resolution of the remaining areas,” said a statement from Army.
“The two sides have agreed to maintain communications and also to maintain stability on the ground. It is our expectation that the Chinese side will take into account the overall perspective of bilateral relations and will work towards early resolution of the remaining issues while fully abiding by bilateral agreements and protocols,” it further said.
The reason which Chinese military’s Western Theater Command cited behind the failed talks said, “India insists on unreasonable and unrealistic demands, adding difficulties to the negotiations”.
It was the thirteenth round of talks between the two militaries which lasted for about eight-and-half hours on Sunday. During the talks India had focused upon disengaging troops from the remaining friction points in eastern Ladakh.
While the main focus on the Chinese side or Chushul-Moldo border point in eastern Ladakh was to complete the stalled disengagement at Hot Springs area known as Patrolling Point 15 (PP-15).
The talks which started at 10:30 on Sunday, happened after two months from last round of talks that resulted in disengagement of troops from Gogra (Patrol Point-17A).
Meanwhile, India has been insisting upon the resolution of the pending issues in all the friction points including in Depsang as it is crucial for an overall improvement in ties between the two neighbouring countries.
The tensions between the nuclear backed neighbours had started in June last year after the tragic Galwan valley clash in Ladakh.
The two counties had deployed tens of thousands or extra troops at the high-altitude region in the Himalayas after the clash before talks led to continuous de-escalation in the four areas.
Currently both the sides have about 50,000-60,000 troops deployed across the Line of Actual Control in sensitive areas.