New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: After months of bitter standoff along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh that claimed the lives of 20 Indian soldiers, India and China on Monday pulled back troops from all the four friction points, including Pangong Tso, Hot Spring, Galwan Valley PP-14 and 15, site of the deadly June 15 clashes. Soldiers of both countries have reportedly shifted 2 km from their current positions and a buffer zone has also been created to avoid escalation in the future.

Behind this disengagement of troops from a point where a full-blown military faceoff seemed a possibility, sources say, is the Indian government's intense diplomacy in the last 48 hours and a video call from National Security Advisor Ajit Doval to Chinese Foreign Minister and State Councilor Wang Yi.

According to news agency ANI, NSA Doval and Chinese foreign minister held talks over a video call in a "forward-looking manner".  The talks, according to sources, were cordial. The disengagement of the troops, the agency said, is a result of intense diplomatic and military engagement and contacts in the past 48 hours.

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's surprise visit to Ladakh also sent a strong message that India will stand its ground and won't give in to the Chinese bullying. The visit, aimed at giving China a clear message, also raised the morale of the soldiers.

As per the reports, the Chinese have started removing temporary tents set up at Galwan Valley Patrol Point 14. The Indian troops have also shifted from their current position. Armies of both countries have pulled back their troops at an equal distance.

However, Chinese heavy armoured vehicles are still present in "depth areas" of Galwan river area and the Indian Army was monitoring the situation on ground.

The de-escalation process was discussed during the June 30 disengagement talks between XIV Corps Commander Lt General Harinder Singh and South Xinjiang Military Region Commander Major General Liu Lin. The Chinese PLA is now well within India's perception of the LAC. The Chinese side has also confirmed that both countries have reached a "positive consensus" to resolve the border dispute.

Posted By: Shashikant Sharma