Editorial: Dragons, dialogue

Indian and Chinese troops are engaged in a bitter standoff in multiple places in eastern Ladakh. India recently outflanked China by taking control of strategic height near Pangong lake’s southern bank.

It thwarted an attempt by the Chinese army to transgress into Indian areas near the southern bank of Pangong Tso near Chushul in Ladakh. At least two rounds of Brigade-Commander level talks have taken place ever since China tried to unilaterally change the status quo.

Indian Army had said the Chinese military carried out provocative military movements to unilaterally change the status quo on the southern bank of Pangong lake in eastern Ladakh on the intervening night of 29 and 30 August but the attempt was thwarted by the Indian troops.

Amidst such scenario, it is a welcome sign that Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe met in Moscow. Various issues were discussed at the meeting to ease tension at the border. And many say that such meetings would continue in future to ensure all is well.

 

NT Bureau