India is mulling over China’s proposal to de-escalate from the Line of Actual Control (LAC). As of now, armies of both the nations are at a standoff.
The exact details of the Chinese proposal aren’t in the public domain. However, it is almost certain that the proposal isn’t about the withdrawal of the armory from the LAC. The discussions are going on and a final call is to be taken.
A source told The Print that a Chinese official came forward with a proposal in the last military level talks organised around 12 October. The top Indian officials are pondering over the proposal. India has also handed out proposal for reducing tensions.
India and China are having violent clashes at the border since early May. Many soldiers from both the sides have lost their lives in the fights. Both the nations are now looking forward to de-escalate. Many round of talks between military officials and foreign ministers of both the nations has taken place but nothing much has been achieved much on the ground.
Both the countries are expected to hold eighth round of talks soon. Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said in Bloomberg India Economic Forum that both the nations are having confidential talks to resolve the issue.
Top government sources told The Print that India will not reduce its number of troops unless China does the same. Reduction of troops becomes more important and concerning for India because China has better transportation infrastructure upto the border than India.
Moreover, China has plains on their side while India has hilly areas. So, if both the troops decide to stay back and a clash breaks out then the Indian soldiers will need more time to get to the border than their Chinese couterparts and it can prove detrimental in the possible scenerio of a war.
Since it is unclear when the conditions will be restored back normal, Indian Army is planning for a greater permanent deployment in the conflicted area. Both the sides are holding on to their positions. However, both the nations are rotating their troops so that tired Army personnel could be replaced by a fresh soldier.