Military standoff in Ladakh borders set to enter 5th year , India’s most formidable challenge in 2024

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | March 19, 2024 IST

Ladakh

Arun Joshi

 In less than few weeks’  time, Indo-China standoff in eastern Ladakh would be entering fifth year . April 2024 is approaching  with no sign of the de-escalation  in the military situation between the Indian and Chinese armies. China is throwing new terms of engagement on the table, and on the ground it is  showing no signs of moving back to the military position as it existed prior to April-May 2020.

This is a bigger challenge for India than China as the latter’s position is offensive. India is hoping against hope that the matters would be resolved through dialogue at the military commanders’ level or through diplomatic channels. This process has been  going on for the past four years without any formidable results in sight. Now  when  it is imminent that the situation is all set to enter fifth year, it will bear on the security strategies of India. So the situation demands that the new look  and assessment of the situation is taken with a  goal of making China to see reason in going back to the situation of four years ago.  And the fact is that China will not oblige India  for its own strategic goals. So what one can see happening in the  foreseeable future is the things getting  complicated further, as all the diplomatic and military-dialogue  options have  been nearly exhausted. The challenge and how to counter it demands new thinking , and the beginning has to be made from eastern Ladakh only . It cannot eb that other issues will get addressed without taking this situation into picture, both at micro and macro levels

Perhaps  with these challenges in mind , the Chief of Defence  Staff Gen. Anil Chauhan observed that “ unsettled border disputes with China will continue to counter remain the most formidable challenge that India will face in the foreseeable future .” While  speaking at a conclave on the “ strategic outlook of India and the future role of  the Indian Airforce in Combat ,  the CDS ‘ address on “ Rise of China and its implications for the world , cautioned that like all disputed borders , “ there will be a tendency by the adversary to create  new facts or markers like toponymy or cartographic aggressions to create a new narrative.”

These are challenges  which India will have to confront with  all the diplomatic dexterity. The need of the hour is  for India to secure its strategic interests and mitigate risks.. It is where new outlook and strategies are required . These will have to assess the progress or no- movement forward as regards the situation on the borders, as also to think of newer ways  beyond the military commander level talks , 21 rounds of which have not  brought about the desired results . In the 21st round of talks on February 19 , the Indian side strongly pressed for resolution of the remaining points of concern in Despang and Demchok along the Line of Actual Control where Chinese troops are reluctant to move back , but China remained adamant not to concede any ground.

The issue before India , let it be clear is not only to resolve all the issues  regarding  strategic irritants in eastern Ladakh , but also to ensure that there is no repeat of the same. That’s a huge task . So far, India has achieved limited results , and the  final goal with regard to the LAC is still far away. If India reaches this goal , which at the moment looks quite difficult given the adamancy of China , it will have to  impose its irreversible authority  and position on the border . The next task would be to have  new relationship with China  and show its assertion in the geopolitical region of the neighbourhood and extended neighbourhood . These are not easily accomplishable tasks.

Arun Joshi is author of “Eyewitness Kashmir; Teetering on Nuclear War and senior journalist based in Jammu and Kashmir, writes on South Asian affairs)


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