Rajnath Singh, the Defence Minister of India is all set to meet his Chinese counterpart General Wei Fenghe. This is a bid to break the deadlock in Ladakh. The meeting will be on Friday evening on the sidelines of the Shanghai Co-operation Organization (SCO) ministerial in Moscow. This meeting will be the first major political contact between India and China.
The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) changed the status quo on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in May 2020 in East Ladakh.
According to sources, the arrangement of the meeting is on the request of both sides mutually. The meeting is to find a way out of the current stalemate in Ladakh. Both the Indian Army and PLA were deploying troops in full strength to counter each other.
The Ladakh stand-off will be the topic of discussion between India and China. This is evident from the presence of the Ministry of External Affairs Joint Secretary, Naveen Srivastava in Moscow.
Srivastava had a series of conversations with his Chinese counterpart for consultation and coordination on India-China border affairs.
Meeting between the two Defence Ministers will be very crucial. Rajnath Singh is the number two in Modi Government. Likewise, General Wei is a state councilor and member of the Central Military Commission.
External Affairs Minister, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar will also meet his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in the same meeting. The ministerial-level meeting between India and China comes at a time when the Indian Army and PLA are in a tense posture in Ladakh.
PLA initially made gains on the north of Pangong Tso in May-June. However, the Indian Army nullified the dominance by repositioning on the heights overlooking Finger Four. Indian Army also has tactical gains on the south bank of the lake by pre-empting PLA troops.