Minister of state for road transport and highways and former Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General VK Singh said the latest transgression by China into Indian territory has created a trust deficit. He also said war is the last resort, but there are many ways, including an economic boycott that can be an apt response to China. The former Army chief also claimed that China is trying to divert attention with the recent escalation in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley, which led to the martyrdom of 20 Indian soldiers.
When asked what the negotiation talks are about, General Singh said discussions were held on whether there has been a transgression along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). He said that the LAC is not marked on the ground and there is no agreement on it. It is interpreted from a map given in 1959, hence, “there is a certain amount of flexibility.” He said one of the subjects raised during the talks was that of the PP-14 area, where there’s a difference in the perception of the LAC. Singh said, “They have been told that we’ve been sitting here on this for decades now, where’s the doubt?”