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India-China Begin Disengagement In Ladakh, China Withdraws 200 Tanks From Pangong Tso Lake

By Thursday, the Chinese Army i.e. the People’s Liberation Army had withdrawn more than 200 major battle tanks from the south coast of Pangong Tso. 

 

Ladakh| An important agreement has been reached between India and China to ease tensions persisted over the last nine months over the border dispute in eastern Ladakh. India and China reached an agreement to withdraw troops on the northern and southern sides of Pangong Lake, and on Wednesday morning the troops of both countries began retreating. Not only this, cannons are also retreating from the northern and southern shores of Pangong Tso Lake. The speed with which China is withdrawing cannons from the banks of Pangong Tso Lake has astounded many.

In fact, by Thursday, the Chinese Army i.e. the People’s Liberation Army had withdrawn more than 200 major battle tanks from the south coast of Pangong Tso and deployed 100 heavy vehicles to withdraw their troops from the north coast of Finger 8 of Ladakh. The withdrawal speed of Chinese forces and tanks has really astonished the Indian military and national security planners.

Top officials of the government, on the condition of anonymity, said that the withdrawal started on Pangong Tso at 9 am on Wednesday after the agreement between India and China. Both the sides reached the agreement after several rounds of back-channel negotiations between Beijing’s counterparts by top ministers and officials, including Foreign Minister S Jaishankar, Ajit Doval. As a result, India retained its position in eastern Ladakh.

According to officials, once the process of removing artillery and troops from Pangong Tso is complete, the two sides will begin negotiating disengagement in the patrol point 15 (Gogra) and 17 (Hot Springs) area north of Pangong Tso.

On Thursday, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh informed in Parliament that the agreement to withdraw forces on the northern and southern sides of Pangong Lake has been reached with China and both sides will remove advance deployment in a phased, coordinated and verified manner. Significantly, for the last nine months there has been a deadlock between the two countries on the border in East Ladakh. To end this impasse, the two sides have held several talks at the military and diplomatic level since September 2020.

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