India, China agrees to disengage troops in Galwan Valley

Andrew Cummings
July 1, 2020

Even as the world are waking up to new Chinese aggression, the Middle kingdom has always been a civilizational idea with Beijing rulers in the past two centuries.

The dialogue focused on finalising modalities for the disengagement of soldiers from various stand-off factors in the Galwan Valley, and explored techniques to simplicity pressure in the border location.

"All contentious areas during the current standoff were discussed to stabilise the situation", the sources added.

China has agreed to shift back in Pangong Tso but they did not. This was the third senior military commander level engagement to discuss issues related to disengagement at the faceoff sites along the LAC and de-escalation from the border areas. India claims Line of Actual Control at Finger 8 and Chinese are sitting at Finger 4 and Finger 5. Identical, dissimilarities exist in Depsang and Demchok.

Also Major General level dialogue took place for three consecutive days after the barbaric attack at patrolling point 14 in Galwan valley on June 15 night where 20 Indian soldiers were killed.

For the first time since the beginning of Corps Commander level talks, the Chinese foreign ministry on Wednesday said that both sides had "made progress in effective measures by frontline troops to disengage and deescalate the situation".

In the second round of Corps Commander-level talks held on June 22, both sides reached a mutual consensus to disengage in the Eastern Ladakh sector, army sources said.

"The discussions reflected the commitment of both sides to reduce the tensions along the LAC", said a source. Indian officials say there were casualties on the Chinese side as well, but there has been no confirmation by Beijing.

The troops of India and China have been engaged at multiple locations in Eastern Ladakh since early May.

The 14 Corps Commander Lt Gen Harinder Singh will represent India and People's Liberation Army's South Xinjiang Military Region commander Maj Gen Liu Lin will head Chinese delegation.

The plea has also sought the apex court's direction to the Centre and others to "terminate" the MoUs signed with Chinese firms.

While on the the face of it China is talking peace and disengagement in Ladakh, it is quite evident to Indian national security planner that the Chinese Army is actually strengthening the four stand off points along the LAC.

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