Galwan Valley 'disengagement': What we know so far

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TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Jul 6, 2020, 12:26 IST

NEW DELHI: India and China have begun a slight disengagement from the face-off sites in the

Galwan Valley

and Gogra-Hot Springs areas of eastern Ladakh.
Here is a look at the latest developments from Galwan Valley —

This is the first signs of a mutual troop pull-back from the over two month-long major confrontation that has seen both countries undertake major military build-ups along the Line of Actual Control. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) “is removing some of its tents and temporary structures” at the Patrolling Points-14, 15 and 17A in the Galwan Valley and Gogra-Hotsprings, with “some of their vehicles being moved back by about a kilometer or so” till now. However, Chinese heavy armoured vehicles are still present in the depth areas in Galwan river area. TOI had earlier reported that India and China had broadly agreed to restart the phased step-by-step verifiable troop disengagement from the “friction points” in Galwan Valley and Gogra-Hot Springs areas during the 12-hour marathon meeting between 14 Corps commander Lt-General Harinder Singh and South Xinjiang Military District chief Major General Liu Lin at Chushul on June 30. But there has been no breakthrough as yet in defusing the major troop confrontation at Pangong Tso, where PLA soldiers have built a large number of fortifications as well as taken the dominating heights after occupying the “Finger-4 to 8 area" (mountainous spurs separated by 8-km distance) on the north bank of the lake since early-May. The ground situation is being closely monitored by the Indian Army. The Indian and Chinese armies have been locked in a bitter standoff in multiple locations in eastern Ladakh for the last seven weeks. The tension escalated manifold after 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a violent clash in Galwan Valley on June 15. The Chinese side also suffered casualties but it is yet to give out the details. India has been insisting on restoration of status quo ante in all areas of eastern Ladakh to restore peace and tranquillity in the region. India and China have held several rounds of diplomatic and military talks in the last few weeks to ease tension in the region. Last week, India said it expected China to ensure expeditious restoration of peace and tranquillity in the border areas in sync with provisions of relevant bilateral pacts. Following the Galwan Valley clashes, the Army has sent thousands of additional troops to forward locations along the border besides moving in heavy weapons.

(With inputs from agencies)

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