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‘Disengagement’ of troops at LAC: Key points

NEW DELHI: The disengagement process between India and China has started at friction points along the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh sector. The troops of India and China are engaged in an eight-week standoff in several areas in eastern Ladakh including Pangong Tso, Galwan Valley and Gogra Hot Spring. The tension escalated after 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a violent clash in Galwan Valley on June 15.
Here is a look at the latest developments from Galwan Valley —

  • Chinese military removed temporary infrastructure and continued gradual withdrawal of troops from face-off sites in Hot Springs and Gogra in eastern Ladakh for the second consecutive day on Tuesday, and the Indian Army is keeping a strict vigil on their rearward movement, government sources said.
  • The sources said the mutual disengagement of troops at the two friction points is likely to be completed within two days, and that there has been "substantial" withdrawal of forces by Chinese military from the areas.
  • After the disengagement process is completed, the two armies are likely to hold further talks to take the process further.
  • The Indian Air Force (IAF) is also carrying out night time combat air patrols involving its fighter aircraft including the MiG-29 and Sukhoi-30MKI along with its Apache attack helicopters and the Chinook heavy-lift helicopters over the Eastern Ladakh sector.
  • The Chinese army moved back tents, vehicles and troops by 1-2 kilometres from locations where disengagement was agreed upon at Corps Commander-level talks, Indian Army sources said on Monday.
  • The disengagement process began on Monday morning after a nearly two-hour telephonic conversation between National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Sunday during which they agreed on disengagement of troopsRead More – Source