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3rd Round of Corps Commander level talks remain inconclusive
IAF cargo planes play pivotal role in ferrying troops and equipment to vintage points in Himalayas, Pak moves 20 battalions near LoC in GB area



Leh(Ladakh), July 1, (Scoop News)-The third round of Corps Commander level talks between India and China held at Chushul in eastern Ladakh have remained inconclusive due to Chinese obstinacy.

The talks between Lieutenant General Harinder Singh, Corps Commander of Leh based 14th Corps and Major General Liu Lin, Commander of the South Xinjiang Military District on June 30 that lasted for over 10 hours during which India insisted its opponents to vacate the areas that have been occupied treacherously since April this year.

Informed sources said that there has been no progress on the ground and termed the situation as tense in Pongong Tso, Demchok and Depsang areas with no immediate sign of de-escalation. “It is just wait and watch situation,” they said adding further military buildup has been going on both sides.

“The reinforcements of troops, weapons and equipment have been moved closer to the areas of friction where two sides are locked in eyeball to eyeball confrontation,” sources added.

Inputs received from across the LoAC suggest that two mechanized battalions of Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) have moved closer to Pongomg Tso.

The transport fleet of Indian Air Force (IAF) including C 17 (Globe master), IL 76, C 130 (Hercules), AN 32 and CH 47 (Chinook) has been playing a pivotal role in transporting heavy equipment to high altitude vintage points along the Line of Actual Control (LoAC).

These cargo planes pressed into service over past couple of years have considerably increased the ability of IAF to ferry troops, equipment and other supplies to the forward areas in the eastern Ladakh.

The most significant achievement of this task is airlifting of multipurpose T 90 tanks weighing over 46 tonnes in a C 17 (Globe master). T 72 tanks which were transported by surface few years back had to wait near Lamayuru due to a small and narrow bridge over River Indus near Khaltsi. The bridge was built in a record time to move them in the forward areas of Ladakh region.

The lorry platforms carrying heavy equipment find it difficult to negotiate high mountain passes, sharp bends and narrow bridges that lie on the road link from mainland to Ladakh.

Meanwhile, reports suggest that Pakistan, a close ally of China, has moved over 20 battalions of army to Gilgit- Baltistan area along the Line of Control (LoC) with India....
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