Conversation between India It is on China The Indian Defense Minister said on Wednesday that a deadlock on a disputed stretch of its common border in the Himalayas has not yet broken and thousands of soldiers on both sides are facing a bitter winter in the mountains.
Rajnath Singh said that after several rounds of diplomatic and military talks aimed at easing the worst border conflict between two nuclear-armed neighbors in decades “there were no significant results”.
Singh said, “If the status quo persists, obviously the crowd will not move.”
But, according to him, the two sides continue to exchange messages about the situation on the border and another round of military talks is expected.
In June, tensions escalated after the army clashed in a person-to-person battle in the Galawan Valley in Ladakh, which borders the Tibetan Plateau under Chinese control.
Twenty Indian soldiers died, China suffered an unknown number of losses and both parties strengthened their military presence, transferring men, weapons and supplies to the high-altitude desert region.
Last month, New Delhi officials said Indian and Chinese officials spoke several times to discuss ways to implement the phased withdrawal.
“We hope that some positive results can be achieved through dialogue,” Singh said.
India has deployed some 50,000 troops to the contested area, some of which are at an altitude of more than 4,572 meters, where rare oxygen and cold temperatures can pose a risk of death.
India and China share a 3,800-kilometer border without demarcation, where their troops are following long-standing protocols.
But tensions have increased since the Galvan incident, and the military in the two countries, which fought a border war in 1962, accused each other of firing in the air in September.