Indian Army holding talks with China from a position of 'equivalence': Top commander
- A top Indian Army official said that the force has dealt with the Chinese aggression with determination
- The Indian Army has occupied several strategic points when China was intervening on August 29 and 30
- Since May, Indian and China are caught in a bitter standoff in eastern Ladakh
The Indian Army has shown immense grit and determination to match the Chinese aggression in eastern Ladakh and has given them a befitting reply, a top Indian Army commander said on Friday. He also added that further discussions over the military standoffs are being held from a position of ‘equivalence’.
"Today, I am extremely satisfied with all the actions that the northern command has taken towards the end of August last year… now, we are in a position of operational advantage and are negotiating with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) from a position of equivalence", General Officer-Commanding-in-Chief (GoC-In-C) Northern Command, Lt Gen Y K Joshi told reporters here.
Four months back, the Indian force had occupied several strategic points in the Mukhpari, Rechin La, and Magar hill areas around the southern bank of the Pangong lake after PLA attempted to take them in their area on the night of August 29 and 30. Despite objections from the Chinese military, the Indian army has not stepped back.
Gen Joshi also said that the army is dealing with triple challenges as it combats China, Pakistan, and the internal security situation.
"At northern command, we are contending with a triple challenge. Firstly, we have a western adversary Pakistan which has not yet relented from using terror as a state policy… at the northern border we have seen the Chinese belligerence along the LAC… third is the internal security situation,” he said.
"We all got involved in the fight against the (COVID-19) pandemic. It was followed by the PLA act in Ladakh which had us totally occupied… we had our hands full with the job," the general said.
There were attempts to disrupt the status quo by China in eastern Ladakh. The Indian Army has been approaching with the intent of resolving the situation.
Since May 5, India and Chinese forces have been locked in a bitter standoff in eastern Ladakh. There have been multiple rounds of military and diplomatic talks. However, no conclusion has been reached yet.
Although the internal security situation is stable, it has the potential to flare up at any moment,
"We are upholding the idea of India", he added.