The People’s Republic of China proclaimed on the 10th of June 2020 that they have “reached an agreement” with their neighbor India as the tension builds up in the last month with escalation at a point when defense analysts foresaw a war as border tensions erupted. This proclamation came following India made it known that the Indian Army and People’s Liberation Army (Chinese troops) have set forth “partial disengagement” from the points of stalemate.
China’s Foreign Ministry in a statement said that both the nations have come round the view of managing the standoff “properly” and “in line with the agreement”, but these statements stand incomplete as the ministry didn’t provide details on the still deadlocked point, particularly, the Pangong Lake as the Chinese military is still inside India’s legal part of territory across the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The ministry also did not specify on the meticulousness on the exact sites of conflict. The statement particularly talked about the conflict in the western parts while the standoff is ongoing in the Eastern part, i.e. Naku la in Sikkim.
Major General level talks to deliberate on deescalating the tension was held at several points of the standoff, namely, Eastern Ladakh inclusive of Patrolling Point (PP) 14 on 10th June. This talks followed Corps Commander level talks on the 6th of June in which accords were reached upon.
The recent talks have agreed upon organizing talks at the ground level for the following ten days. Four more points of conflict have been identified as PP15, PP17, Chushul, and the northern bank of Pangong Lake.
Hua Chunying, spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Ministry said: “Through diplomatic and military channels, China and India have recently had effective communication and reached agreement on properly handling the situation in the west section of the ChinaIndia boundary, At present, the two sides are taking actions in line with the agreement to ameliorate the border situation.”
According to a report, in The Hindu, government officials informed that there was partial disengagement that took place in the Galwan area and at Hot Springs, although the conditions at the Pangong Lake remained unaltered. While the Chinese state-run and owned newspaper, The Global Times, informed on 9th June, that the current logjam dispute “will not escalate into a conflict”, although it further stated, “due to complexity of the situation, the military standoff could continue for a little longer”.