In major development amid the ongoing India-China standoff, the Chinese troops have reportedly "shifted" two kilometers from the site of Galwan Valley clashes on June 15. According to reports, the Chinese soldiers 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.

"Chinese troops have shifted two km from the face-off site in Galwan. Temporary structures being removed by both sides," The Hindu quoted a government official as saying. He also added that the Indian side has conducted physical verification of this.

However, according to news agency ANI, Chinese heavy armoured vehicles are still present in "depth areas" of Galwan river area and the Indian Army was monitoring the situation.

Plan finalised during June 30 Corps Commander-level talks

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.

However, this particular withdrawal of troops is reportedly limited to the Galwan area but sources said that similar measures will be taken at the other friction points. 

Posted By: Shashikant Sharma