The joint press release goes on to amplify and say that the meeting was positive, practical and constructive.

The 16 hour long marathon 9th Corps Commanders level talk between Indian army and PLA at Moldo are indicative of two equals.

Negotiating from a position of strength, both unwilling to either blink or resort to any brinkmanship.

The joint press release as usual speaks of “a candid and in depth exchange of views.

On disengagement along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the western sector of China- India border areas”.

The talks were never expected to resolve the nine-month-old standoff along the LAC.

Initiated by China as part of its strategy of ‘Military Coercion’.

India’s aims and intent is clear, one not to escalate the present sensitive situation and two seek an honourable solution.

In the near to mid-term based on the principle of mutual and equitable security.

Translated it implies a ‘Status Quo Ante’.

China on the other hand would possibly be seeking a favourable face-saving exit.

As it may have bitten more than it can chew.

Both the Indian Army and PLA deployed and prepared for the long haul, and hence no one really expected a resolution.

The fact that the talks continue is a positive, despite the recent report of PLA transgressions on 20th January leading to a clash at Nakula, Sikkim

Which is being attributed as minor and due to local dynamics by both the ADGPI and Global Times.

As the two statements downplay the patrol clash, it is again indicative of an intent to resolve issues by dialogue. Both sides avoid unnecessary friction in additional areas.India surprised China.

With its resolute response and resilience along the LAC to China’s aggressiveness in Eastern Ladakh.

The on-ground situation along the LAC is one of a stalemate, a draw.

With China occupying certain areas as part of its forward deployment on North bank of Pangong Tso and Depsang.

Whereas India occupies certain operationally important heights on own side of LAC.

Along the Kailash ridge dominating the important Chinese garrison of Moldo.

Both the Indian Army and PLA deployed and prepared for the long haul, and hence no one really expected a resolution.

The fact that the talks continue is a positive, despite the recent report of PLA transgressions on 20th January leading to a clash at Nakula, Sikkim.

Which is attributed as minor and due to local dynamics by both the ADGPI and Global Times.

As the two statements downplay the patrol clash, it is again indicative of an intent to resolve issues by dialogue. Both sides avoid unnecessary friction in additional areas.

India surprised China with its resolute response and resilience along the LAC to China’s aggressiveness in Eastern Ladakh.

The on-ground situation along the LAC is one of a stalemate, a draw, with China occupying certain areas as part of its forward deployment on North bank of Pangong Tso.

India occupies certain operationally important heights on own side of LAC, along the Kailash ridge dominating the important Chinese garrison of Moldo.