Ahead of next week's talks, India, China begin mutual disengagement of troops in eastern Ladakh
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Two months after the stand-off along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), Indian and Chinese troops have disengaged on the ground at multiple locations in Eastern Ladakh, news agency ANI quoted government sources as saying.
This comes just a week before the next round of military talks between the two nations to resolve the ongoing border conflict in the region.
The sources, quoted by ANI, said that the next round of talks between the two militaries will be held at different locations -- including Patroling point 14 (Galwan area), Patrolling point 15 and Hot Springs area -- this week.
"Because of the talks to be held in the next few days and the Lt Gen-level talks held on June 6, the Chinese Army has pulled back its troops from the Galwan valley, PP-15 and Hot Springs in Eastern Ladakh area by 2 to 2.5 kilometres," ANI quoted the sources as saying.
The government sources further told ANI that the talks are being held on these points at the battalion commander level and they have had hotline talks with their counterparts.
"The initial talks are being held in these areas, the Chinese activities had also started in Eastern Ladakh from this location only," the sources said.
The top commanders of the Indian and Chinese armies on Saturday held talks to resolve the month-long border stand-off in Ladakh. Following the talks, the government had said that the two sides will continue the "military and diplomatic engagements" to resolve the situation and to "ensure peace and tranquillity" in the border areas.
After the standoff began in early last month, Indian military leadership decided that Indian troops will adopt a firm approach in dealing with the aggressive posturing by the Chinese troops in all disputed areas of Pangong Tso, Galwan Valley, Demchok and Daulat Beg Oldie.
The Chinese army is learnt to have deployed around 2,500 troops in Pangong Tso and Galwan Valley besides gradually enhancing temporary infrastructure and weaponry.
The India-China border dispute covers the 3,488-km-long LAC. China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of southern Tibet while India contests it.
(With PTI and ANI inputs)
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