India-China Ladakh Standoff | Troops disengagement in all 4 friction points, Army monitoring ground situation: Report
The Chinese troops have pulled back from all the four friction points, including Galwan Valley PP-14, PP-15, Hot Springs and Pangong Tso Finger areas. According to news agency ANI, the Indian Army is monitoring the disengagement of Chinese troops from these areas. The extent of withdrawal, the agency said, varied at different locations.
"Disengagement of Chinese troops is being monitored by the Indian side at all four friction points including the PP-14 (Galwan river valley), PP-15, Hot Springs and Finger area. The extent of withdrawal is varied at different locations," the agency quoted sources as saying.
Earlier in the day, there were reports citing government and Army sources that troops of both Indina and Chinese armies have shifted two kilometers from the site of June 15 Galwan Valley clashes where 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a violent face-off with Chinese PLA.
The Chinese have started removing temporary tents set up at Galwan Valley Patrol Point 14. The Indian troops have also reportedly relocated from their current position. A buffer zone has also been created to avoid escalation in the future. 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.
The de-escalation process was finalised 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.
As per the agreement reached by the two sides, de-escalation would first happen at three major friction points - Galwan Valley, Pangong Tso and Hot Springs. After this, depth areas such as Depsang plains where China has amassed thousands of troops, will be considered.
The Chinese side has also confirmed that both countries have reached a "positive consensus" to resolve the border dispute.
Posted By: Shashikant Sharma