China, India pull back troops after high level talks

New Delhi: In the first signs of disengagement between Indian and Chinese troops on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, the soldiers of both sides have started moving back at PP14 in Galwan area.

Similar movement from the two parties is also expected at the other two standoff sites of PP15 and PP17A in the Hot Springs sector. This comes after NSA Ajit Doval talked to his Chinese counterpart for two hours to make the Chinese agree to begin the process of disengagement, reports said.

The Chinese have started to withdraw their troops and tents in Galwan by 2 kilometres and in next few days, disengagement process will begin in other friction points including PP-14, PP-15, Hot Springs and Finger area, it is said.

Quoting sources, reports said the NSA is monitoring the situation continuously with the Indian Army and the matter is expected to be resolved amicably soon.

The Chinese military was seen dismantling tents and structures at a site near to the site of the clash and vehicles were seen withdrawing from the area, as well as at Hot Springs and Gogra – two other contested border zones, said government sources quoted by Reuters.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a surprise visit to a Ladakh forward post on Friday, where he addressed thousands of troops and asserted that “the age of expansionism is over and expansionist forces have either lost or were forced to turn back.”