The Indian Army finds PLA’s condition that India should only patrol till Finger 3 of Pangong Tso unacceptable as it means that Finger 4 will become part of occupied Aksai Chin. Even as New Delhi awaits Beijing’s confirmation on a date for the eighth round of military-diplomatic level dialogue on disengagement in East Ladakh, this ploy by the PLA has come to light.
India’s defence minister, Sh. Rajnath Singh, has made it clear that the country is ready to continue with the disengagement and de-escalation dialogue.
India has rejected the Chinese perception of the line of actual control or LAC, by a 1959 line.
Indian government has also rejected Chinese Government’s proposal of the Indian Army vacating the Rezang La -Rechin La ridge-line on the south bank of the Pangong Tso.
On May 5-6 night, the PLA, using riot gear and nail studded clubs and rods launched an assault on Finger 4, throwing an Indian Army officer into the Pangong Tso lake and overpowering contesting Indian troops.
The PLA are at an advantage (in terms of logistics and movement) due to the vast and flat Tibetan plateau on their side. This is first time in many years that Indian soldiers are patrolling right up to the limits defined by the China Study Group in 1976.