Pangong lake area and its eight fingers marked out, near LAC | Abhijit Iyer-Mitra | Twitter
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New Delhi: India and China have initiated a disengagement process in the Galwan Valley, Hot Spring and Gogra Post area of Eastern Ladakh but there has not been any tangible movement in the Pangong Lake area, government sources said Monday.

However, the Army remained deeply cautious and said the de-escalation was still on and needs to be watched and followed up carefully.

“The disengagement plan, as was decided after three rounds of Corps Commander level talks, has been initiated,” a government source said.

Sources said the moving back of troops was happening in a gradual manner, in accordance with a timetable decided upon by the Corps Commanders.

Once the two sides pull back, the area in between will be considered a kind of buffer zone.

ThePrint Sunday reported that while there has been no de-escalation on the ground, a forward movement is expected this week.

According to the agreement reached between Corps Commanders, both Armies will have to withdraw by about 1.5-2 km from various spots.

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“PLA (People’s Liberation Army) has been seen removing tents and other structures in the Galwan Valley. There are vehicles which are going back with the men and material,” a source said.

Asked specifically if there was movement from the Y-Junction in Galwan Valley where the 15 June clash had taken place, the source said, “Yes. There has been movement from there as well.”

The Y-junction is about 1.5 km inside the Indian territory from the Line of Actual Control (LAC).


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No tangible movement in Pangong, de-escalation verification

The sources said that there would be a verification process once the first round of de-escalation finishes.

As reported earlier, there will be a 72-hour window for both sides to verify the steps taken before initiating the next round of de-escalation.

“Rearward movement of vehicles of PLA seen at General Area of Galwan Hot Springs and Gogra. No specific distance can be said as of now. Confirmation only after verification,” a government source said.

When asked about the Pangong Lake area where the Chinese have occupied areas up to Finger 4, about 8 km inside the LAC which is at Finger 8, sources said there has “not been any tangible movement”.

Inputs say that the Chinese have removed some tents from the ridge lines near Finger 4 area.

The de-escalation comes at a time when the flow in the Galwan river has increased due to snow melting, according to inputs received, making it difficult for both India and China to sustain troop build up in the area.

Following the 6 June meeting between Corps Commanders, the PLA had not held up their end of the agreement, i.e., falling back by about 2 kilometres from the current position at Patrol Point 14, which led to the burning down of a Chinese tent in the Galwan Valley on 14 June and the subsequent clash in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed.


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China will be closer to LAC than India in Galwan Valley

Both India and China had agreed to withdraw by about 1.5-2 km from the current areas where troop build-up had happened.

This means that China, which had crossed into the territory by about 1.5 km, will be closer to the LAC than India, which will have to move back further from across the Y-junction in Galwan Valley.

As reported by ThePrint on 26 June, the eventual game plan of Chinese incursions in the Galwan Valley seems to be to prevent India from carrying out any new construction beyond the confluence of the Shyok-Galwan river.

The Chinese also seek to restrict Indian patrols to the same point, located 4.5 km from the Line of Actual Control (LAC), rather than until Patrol Point 14, which is 500 metres from the border (according to the 1960 claim line of China) and marks the status quo before the PLA incursions began in May.


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16 COMMENTS

  1. “ Now something encouraging. The second half of the year from July to Movember 2020 looks to be addressing the setbacks or delay of the past , particularly those of first half. Some trends of success or forward movement in economic sector , political issues are likely. Cooperation or support of global powers may be seen coming. Some historic political decision is likely. The obstructive forces may weaken to some extent. Like the previous year , ACCEPTANCE BY THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY OF INDIA’S POSITIVE ROLE IN WORLD AFFAIRS MAY BE IN THE NEWS. IT SEEMS THE SECOND HALF IN 2020 CAN BOOST UP THE AMBITIOUS SIDE OF THE NATION”.

  2. No negotiations kick out the bloody Chinese from our motherland. For what purpose we are maintaining 1.2 MILLION PLUS ARMY? No negotiations KICK OUT THE INTRUDERS.

  3. What is our military intelligence doing? All are sleeping? PLA came upto finger 4 from finger 8. It is very pathetic. Like this Chinese will occupy whole of Ladakh. We are only for negotiations? Wake up INDIA.

  4. Disengagement process in Ladakh on 6 July 2020 has been started by both Indian and Chinese troops at some locations .
    According to news reports , Chinese Army has begun moving back tents , vehicles and troops by 1-2 kms from locations in Ladakh where disengagement was agreed upon at corps Commander-level talks. India has also begun to disengage process in terms of agreement. However , Indian army is said to be monitoring the situation with caution. This is a welcome development if all follows well. Only few days back , war talks were making discussion in the news media. In this context , it may be apt to refer readers to following predictions of this Vedic astrology writer in article – “ Predictions for coming year 2020 by kushal kumar” – published last year 2019 on 10 October at theindiapost.com/articles/predictions-for-coming-year-2020-by-kushal-kumar/.
    “ Now something encouraging. The second half of the year from July to Movember 2020 looks to be addressing the setbacks or delay of the past , particularly those of first half. Some trends of success or forward movement in economic sector , political issues are likely. Cooperation or support of global powers may be seen coming. Some historic political decision is likely. The obstructive forces may weaken to some extent. Like the previous year , ACCEPTANCE BY THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY OF INDIA’S POSITIVE ROLE IN WORLD AFFAIRS MAY BE IN THE NEWS. IT SEEMS THE SECOND HALF IN 2020 CAN BOOST UP THE AMBITIOUS SIDE OF THE NATION”.

  5. China has made its point loud & clear in front of whole world……………….Indian Prime Minister was not able to utter the word “Chinese ” in last two months……….Modi is a gangster only for small neighbors………..against Mighty China… Modi is a pussy cat !!!!

  6. China surely doesn’t want a peaceful settlement of the border dispute. By keeping the border disputes artificially alive they want to build-up their military might . The Chinese leadership has the illusion that with their comparatively strong military they can dominate India and other countries around South China Sea and East China Sea and also the Indian Ocean region. They should better keep in mind the fate of the former Soviet Union which now lies disintegrated. Now, India has understood the Chinese game plan and so is taking effective defensive measures and cannot be cowed down by Chinese threats even though it may be stronger. Thus, the Chinese government should mend its policies for the betterment of its own people.

  7. According to news reports , Chinese Army has begun moving back tents , vehicles and troops by 1-2 kms from locations in Ladakh where disengagement was agreed upon at corps Commander-level talks. However , Indian army is said to be monitoring the situation with caution. This is a welcome development if all follows well. Only few days back , war talks were making discussion in the news media. In this context , it may be apt to refer readers to following predictions of this Vedic astrology writer in article – “ Predictions for coming year 2020 by kushal kumar” – published last year 2019 on 10 October at theindiapost.com/articles/predictions-for-coming-year-2020-by-kushal-kumar/.
    “ Now something encouraging. The second half of the year from July to Movember 2020 looks to be addressing the setbacks or delay of the past , particularly those of first half. Some trends of success or forward movement in economic sector , political issues are likely. Cooperation or support of global powers may be seen coming. Some historic political decision is likely. The obstructive forces may weaken to some extent. Like the previous year , ACCEPTANCE BY THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY OF INDIA’S POSITIVE ROLE IN WORLD AFFAIRS MAY BE IN THE NEWS. IT SEEMS THE SECOND HALF IN 2020 CAN BOOST UP THE AMBITIOUS SIDE OF THE NATION”.

    • Great! Sir you have predicted that “SOME HISTORIC POLITICAL DECISION IS LIKELY” . Perhaps you wanted to say that India would revert the decision to abrogate Article 370 but you have used diplomatic language for the same. Astrology is a powerful science and I am sure that you are quite on target in this prediction . And you had made this prediction in 2019 only ! I admire your knowledge of Vedic Astrology.

  8. It reminds one of a Sachin Tendulkar stroke. China will move back from India’s perceived land while India too will move back from India’s perceived land.A friend of mine who was a forensic expert told the advocate in a murder case that whether a melon falls on a knife or a knife falls on a melon it will be the poor melon only which would be the loser. Of course China only wants to impose a cost on India by forcing it to tie down its forces in Ladakh at a huge cost and if while doing so it also gets an opportunity to promote its designs in SSN then that would be a bonus point.

  9. Allowing Chinese troops to be closer to the LAC than ours is risk prone as they could attempt to trespass given their global behaviour. Buffer zones from LAC on either side should be equidistant as a matter of principle and patrol limits should also be at par with Chinese.

  10. They will moved back and suddenly reposition reattack from behind….,, These back-stabbers cunning clever communist chinese chinkys simply can’t be trusted..!!

  11. When asked about the slow pace of reforms, PM PVNR had said, I don’t mind the speed so long as the direction is positive. We pray that there will be no more loss of life along the LAC for another 45 years.

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