Sustained dialogue helped build trust: Army chief

Even as stand-offs continue at some friction points in Ladakh for the last one year, sustained dialogue between India and China on the issues pertaining to the Line of Actual Control(LAC) have helped “build trust,” Army Chief General M M Naravane said here on Thursday.

Making this observation, he also said the situation in the region is normal since the first round of disengagement from the southern and northern banks of the Pangong Tso(lake)in later February this year.

Incidentally, the face-offs started with the confrontation at the Pangong in May last year when the Chinese stopped an Indian army patrol.

It led to a scuffle between the soldiers of the two armies and several personnel from both the sides sustained injuries.

Soon, trouble erupted at several other places including the Hot Springs, Gogra and the Depsang valley.

At present, eyeball to eyeball situation persists at these three friction points despite several rounds of talks at the military and diplomatic levels.

In a virtual interactive session at a think-tank, the Army chief said the militaries of the two countries have been engaged in dialogue at various levels.

“The situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) is normal ever since the disengagement took place in February this year from the northern and southern banks of Pangong lake as well as the Kailash ranges,” he said.

“Since then both sides have strictly adhered to in the letter and sprit of the disengagement that was agreed upon. We are engaging the Chinese at various levels at the political level, at the diplomatic level and of course at the military level,” Naravane added.

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