File image of Indian soldiers in Ladakh | By special arrangement
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New Delhi: There was no de-escalation on the ground in Eastern Ladakh till Sunday evening, but some forward movement could be expected during this week, ThePrint has learnt.

Sources in the defence and security establishments have said forward movement was expected in the Galwan Valley and Hot Springs area first.

When asked if any sort of de-escalation has happened since 2 July, a source said, “There has not been any change on the ground.”

The Pangong Lake area continues to be a sticky point for both sides, with the Chinese continuing to hold positions till Finger 4, which is 8 km inside India’s perception of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) at Finger 8.

As reported by ThePrint earlier, both sides have agreed on an initial de-escalation plan and a 72-hour observation window to make sure that steps agreed upon have been taken on the ground.

Only after both sides are satisfied would the next round of de-escalation be done.


Also read: LAC row began April, 5,000 Chinese troops sent to Pangong in May, claims state broadcaster

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‘De-escalation steps will be visible to troops on ground’

There has not been any actual de-escalation since the third round of meetings between the corps commanders of the two sides last week.

“There could be some forward movement this week. Following the agreed steps, there would be a 72-hour window during which each will observe and make sure that each has taken the agreed steps,” said another source.

Asked how they will verify the steps taken, the source said, “Some of the de-escalation steps would be visible to the troops on the ground. Then there are other ways to verify.”

The decision to have a 72-hour window was taken on India’s insistence because while the country had fulfilled its de-escalation commitment made at a meeting on 6 June, China did not.

The Indian side had also observed that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China failed to live up to the commitment that both sides would fall back by about 2 kilometres from their current positions at Patrol Point 14, which later led to burning down of a Chinese tent in the Galwan Valley on 14 June.


Also read: PM Modi sends message to China from Ladakh: ‘Age of expansionism is over’


 

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16 Comments Share Your Views

16 COMMENTS

  1. INDIA SHOULD ASK CHINA TO RETURN AKSHAI CHIN AND FREEDOM OF TIBETI AND TAIWAN AND NOT TO INTERFARE TO RECOVERY POK KASHMIR THAT WAS PREVIOUSLY LOST BY INDIA

  2. India never wanted war, not even with Pakistan. When India is attacked then there is no way out but retaliate. India is in same situation war is dumped on India so we are getting ready for retaliation with China.

  3. Remember China will one day take disputed area,s in ladak reason being abrogation of article 370 America will force India to war for its own interests as per history of that country.

  4. This government has divided country for so many issues.So it is very difficult to fight against an enemy which is economically and millitarily powerful than ours

  5. So,3rd Largest Army in the world has agreed to pull back 2 km from an area already lost to China and is happy about it. #ThokoThali

  6. Do Not Believe The Virus Country.They Openly Support The Terrorists State.They Are Not Worthy Of Being Trusted.
    They Are Buying Time For More Build Ups.Our Soldier’s Sacrifice Should Not Go In Vain.

  7. Congress,in its entirity,is anti national since it has gone in to the hands of Nehru.Except tenure of Indira Gandhi,the remaining period,since 1947,August15,from1950,it started ceding Indian territory either to Pakistan or to China unashamedly.How shameless creature is Rahul Gandhi to blame Modi government on China policy.It is worth of elimination like Chiag-kai-sheikh.

  8. One thing for sure that while China was growing over the last 70 years our rulers were busy looting the country. That is why the disparity. In spite of all that the message has gone to China that India will stand up to her.
    So short of a major indecent the Chinese will keep poking us, a price we have to pay for the thefts committed by our rulers.

    • You’re blaming leaders for looting India, but is only due to crafty & shameless bharathis, who came up with scams of thousands of crores, which your leaders very well supported it, for your country to be swept of your hard earned resources. Now, also likes Nirav Modi & Mallya are freely moving around. What can BJP govt to them? I’m not supporter of Congress either, but this is reality you should face, that leaders can only loot, with help of its few crafty citizens & the masses lay in poverty & commit suicide b’cos of burden of debts. Let’s see how Narendra Modi & Amit Shah are true to their words ? Democracy is hopeless way of maintaining a community or organisations……

  9. It’s time India went ahead with getting back Aksai Chin & liberating Tibet. Enough of these delaying tactics for de-escalation & expansionist policies by China.

  10. Absolute fools in the Govt think they can hoodwink and distract the people again by such pathetic ,spineless attempts of de-escalation! When the enemy is sitting on your chest and pointing a gun at your face, WTH does this de-escalation mean? Eject the chinese by force and then talk about ‘talks’. Otherwise this Govt will also be considered meek just as previous Cong regimes and will pay a heavier price electorally and otherwise for having boasted about nationalism and not giving an inch to the enemy.

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