The two-km mutual withdrawal of Indian and Chinese troops at Patrol Point 15 in Ladakh's Hot Spring, which began on Sunday, has been completed. According to Army sources, the troops withdrawal at Patrol Point 17 in Gogra will be completed by tomorrow or the day after. The withdrawal is mutual and Indian troops have also shifted at an equal distance from the friction point.

Meanwhile, Chinese vehicles and tents put up near the Pangong Lake Finger 4 area have also been removed but the ridge line is still in the occupation of Chinese soldiers, the sources said, according to news agency ANI.

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 on Sunday decided to 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.

"Under the mutual disengagement, both sides will disengage and move back by 1-1.5 km from the friction points. The two Armies are likely to hold further talks after the disengagement process is completed," ANI quoted Army sources as saying.

The disengagement of troops came a day after a virtual meeting between National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi where they agreed on completing the ongoing disengagement process along the LAC "expeditiously".

Doval and Wang, who are designated 'Special Representatives' on Sino-India boundary issue, had a "frank and in-depth exchange" of views and agreed that a "complete disengagement" of troops at the "earliest" was necessary for full restoration of peace in the border areas.

Posted By: Shashikant Sharma