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INDIA, CHINA AGREE TO END CHUMAR STAND-OFF

Posted on 2014-09-26

New Delhi: India and China on Thursday held a flag meeting in Chushul in Ladakh to   address the Chumar incursion and agreed to end the stand-off on the LAC in Chumar, Ladakh by deciding to maintain the situation which prevailed there prior to September 10. India and China on Thursday agreed to end the stand-off on the Line of Actual Control

(LAC) in Chumar, Ladakh by deciding to maintain the situation which prevailed there

prior to September 10. Starting Friday, the two sides will disengage in a phased manner over the next four days. The breakthrough came at a flag meeting in Spanggur, Ladakh on Thursday between Brigadier-level officers of the two Armies — the sixth one after the earlier meetings failed to resolve the issue. The two armies came face to face on September   11-12 when the Indian troops stopped the Chinese from constructing a road in India’s  territory. China, however, claimed that the road was in its territory and also protested against construction of some observation huts of the Indian Army and Indo-Tibetan Border

Police(ITBP) in Chumar. At the flag meeting, while India assured that it will not build more observation posts and shelter for troops, China said it will stop construction of the road at the point where the Indians intervened on September 12 leading to eyeball to eyeball confrontation. It had taken place at Tibley, known as 30R in Army parlance, resulting

in a face-off between more than 1,000 Chinese and 1,500 Indian troops in an arc of three km in Chumar sector. With tension mounting on the LAC, diplomatic channels of both sides were activated and the latest flag meeting came about after clearance from the Indian political leadership, sources said here. Chinese Ambassador to India Le Yucheng had also

met senior officials in the External Affairs Ministry here on Wednesday. He later said, “It

is the task of us, diplomats, to find a way to help stabilise the situation.” More than 100 Chinese troops had withdrawn from Tibley on Tuesday but the Indian Army and ITBP, however, did not reciprocate preferring to adopt a wait and watch policy. They were forced

to do so since the Chinese had returned after a similar partial withdrawal a week back. As a

result, India also had to rush more troops there. As for disengagement, sources said the two countries were now working out the modalities and the Chinese will start retreating to  their side across the LAC. There was no question of the Indians doing so as they are in their own territory. Besides Chumar, there is another face-off going on for the last 15 days in Demchok involving civilians of both the countries on a grazing ground. The Chinese are protesting against the construction of a canal there. Meanwhile, Navy Chief Admiral Robin Dhowan said here that the Navy was continuously monitoring the activity of the Chinese Navy in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).  “Chinese warships are deployed in the Indian  Ocean  Region and we are continuously monitoring them. Along  with it, our aircraft, submarines and warships are always deployed to face any challenge. IOR is our area of operations and we see what is Chinese deployment in IOR and how it can create challenges for us and how we can face them....We are always ready,” he told reporters