New Delhi |  Jagran News Desk: After the completion of the disengagement and de-escalation process at frication posts in Ladakh, New Delhi is likely to press Beijing for an exchange of maps in the western sector to clarify each other's claim lines and actual control on the ground, according to report. However, China has so far been skeptical about the proposal and refused to exchange maps in the western sector.

China has not exchanged the maps for the western sector despite 22 rounds of talks on the boundary issue. A map of the central sector has been shared by the Chinese side and New Delhi now wants Beijing to clarify claim lines and actual control in the western sector to ease patrolling and avoid face-offs.

According to a report published by The Times Of India, a high-level government official involved in the negotiations said that the disengagement at friction points was underway and after that, it is expected to happen at 'depth areas' but that doesn't mean India is conceding territory to them.

The months-long tensions between India and China, which resulted in the death of 20 Indian soldiers and an unknown number of Chinese, eased after both sides decided to mutually shift their troops from the friction points. The Armies of India and China will hold further talks after the disengagement process is completed to discuss other remaining issues. However, the deadly face-off has destroyed decades of confidence-building measures.

"Several decades of confidence-building measures and protocols for boundary management, patrolling protocols etc have all been destroyed. We have to go back to the drawing board," TOI quoted an official as saying.

Posted By: Shashikant Sharma