FAST FIVE: Border Talks Stall: India Demands Total Withdraw Of PLA Troops As Beijing Urges End Of 'Boycott China' Campaign
The Indian Army has demanded that Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) forces conduct a full and rapid withdrawal from the Line of Actual Control (LAC) border in eastern Ladakh.
Weeks following the border clash which left at least 20 Indian soldiers dead and an unknown number of PLA casualties, the two sides agreed to establishing a one kilometre buffer zone.
While the PLA has pushed for a mere return to the status quo, India has demanded Chinese troops depart some places they entered as recently as 2013, such as the Depsang area.
View of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) border and patrol point 14 in the eastern Ladakh sector of Galwan Valley: Source Maxar via Reuters The statement said further: “Therefore, India insisted during the last meeting on the withdrawal of the Chinese army forces from the high mountain lake Panjung-Tsu as the Chinese military remained in their previous positions, despite the agreements on their withdrawal reached on July 15,” according to the Hindustan Times.
India's media is hailing Modi's “digital airstrike”: “Digital air strike.” Here's how the Indian media reacted to the government's ban on 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok and WeChat, in the latest escalation of the China-India standoff pic.twitter.com/d9itSYPQNC – TRT World (@trtworld) June 30, 2020 Meanwhile after five rounds of formal talks which have led to an effective cooling, the potential for armed conflict remains, given that according to Indian media, “The Indian Air Force(IAF) has also moved air defense systems as well as a sizable number of its frontline combat jets and attack helicopters to several key air bases.” Both sides have continued flexing throughout the standoff, including China reportedly sending more jets and military hardware to its high-altitude bases along the border. China's foreign ministry has said India's move to boycott certain Chinese products has “artificially” damaged historically close economic ties, which does not serve India's purpose.