India-China to discuss Gogra-Hot Springs disengagement
NEW DELHI, Jun 29, 2021, Hindustan Times. Although the dates of the agreed 12th round of India-China senior commanders dialogue will be fixed through military channels, the discussion will be only limited to disengagement and de-escalation of both the armies from general areas Gogra and Hot Springs with Depsang Bulge to be dealt by local commanders as it was a 2013 legacy issue, Hindustan Times reported.
According to South Block officials, the decision to discuss Hot Springs (patrolling 14) and Gogra (patrolling point 17A) was taken at the virtual meeting of Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India China border affairs on June 25.
The two friction points, which are near the Kugrang river and Chang Chemmo river respectively, were transgressed by the PLA on May 17-18, 2020 apart from north banks of Pangong Tso.
The 2013 friction point of Depsang Bulge, south of Daulet Beg Oldi, will not be taken up by the senior military commanders but dealt at the local commanders level. In April 2013, the PLA transgressed through the Raki and Jeevan nullah with the aim of blocking Indian Army from patrolling points 10 to 13 A within the bulge area.