Fresh India, China friction on Sikkim border

India on 24th January repeated its strong request to China seeking “complete disengagement and de-escalation” at all the face-off sites in eastern Ladakh. The Indian statement comes as trust deficit deepens with continuing consolidation of military positions by the Chinese Army all along the frontier. India has been pushing for finalisation of a “workable and sequential” roadmap for disengagement, de-escalation and de-induction. India seeks a joint verification mechanism, while restoring status quo ante at the `friction points` in Pangong Tso, Chushul and Gogra-Hotsprings areas as the first step.