Bor­der stale­mate con­tin­ues, PLA drags feet on sta­tus quo

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - - News - Shishir Gupta let­ters@hin­dus­tan­

NEW DELHI: The high-pow­ered China Study Group (CSG) met on Tues­day to as­sess feed­back from the Au­gust 2 meet­ing of In­dian and Chi­nese mil­i­tary com­man­ders in Moldo-Chushul even as ground re­ports in­di­cate that the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army (PLA) is drag­ging its feet in restor­ing sta­tus quo in eastern Ladakh.

It is un­der­stood that the mil­i­tary com­man­ders’ marathon meet­ing ended in a stale­mate with both sides hold­ing their ground. The CSG will con­vey to the In­dian Army the next steps to be taken on the ground; restora­tion of the pre-April 20 po­si­tions at four fric­tion points in eastern

Ladakh is a pr­ereq­ui­site for nor­mal­i­sa­tion of bi­lat­eral ties.

While the Naren­dra Modi gov­ern­ment re­mains tight-lipped about the Au­gust 2 com­man­ders meet­ing, a Chi­nese spokesman’s state­ment try­ing to delink the bound­ary prob­lem from over­all bi­lat­eral ties is an in­di­ca­tor that the PLA is re­sist­ing moves to re­store sta­tus quo ante.

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