As the stalemate between the armed forces of India and China at the disputed border in eastern Ladakh continues, all eyes are on the diplomatic talks taking place between the two sides in Beijing to achieve a breakthrough in the situation.
The India-China standoff is likely to drag on through the summer, sources have said. As troops dig in on both sides, India expects this to last for some time.
At this point, the two sides are facing off at four points — three points in Galwan, one at Galwan junction or Patrol Point 14, PP 15 and Gogra PP 17. The fourth face-off point is at Pangong Tso.
It took 13 rounds of diplomatic talks in Beijing to settle Doklam, where the demands and positions of both sides were crystal clear. This is far more complicated with different perceptions and claim-lines over the same territory.
The number of Indian high-speed boats in Pangong Tso is being increased, and a small Indian Navy team had visited the area to provide an expert view.
Meanwhile India has been catching up at building in road infrastructure at the line of actual control when compared to China. Border Road Organisation (BRO) has been given the task to build 61 strategic Indo China Border Roads.
The Chinese army, which has entered 3-4 kilometres into Indian territory, at the Galwan area in Ladakh sector is unhappy with the 255 kilometer Darbuk-Shayok-Daulat Beg Oldie road, which connects to base of the Karakoram pass the last military post.