A joint statement said the disengagement had begun in a “coordinated and planned way, which is conducive to the peace and tranquility in the border areas”.
New Delhi: The Indian and Chinese troops have begun to disengage in the Gogra-Hotsprings (PP-15) area, said a joint statement issued after military-level talks between both sides.
The statement read, “On 8th September 2022, according to the consensus reached in the 16th round of India China Corps Commander Level Meeting, the Indian and Chinese troops in the area of Gogra-Hotsprings (PP-15) have begun to disengage in a coordinated and planned way, which is conducive to the peace and tranquility in the border areas.”
Notably, the 16th round of the Corps Commander level talks between India and China were held on July 17 and before that, the two countries had met for talks in March. The two countries have been engaged in a standoff since April-May 2020 over “transgressions by the Chinese army in multiple areas”.
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It is worth remembering that the situation worsened after a violent face-off between the Indian and Chinese soldiers in Galwan Valley in June 2020. Sources said the talks have led to disengagement from some areas, including the North and South Banks of Pangong Tso and Galwan but some friction points remain.
In July, a day after both India and China sides conducted talks to resolve Ladakh row, both the sides had reportedly agreed for mutually acceptable solution. The development to this effect was reportedly came after a meeting which lasted for over 12 hours between the two countries.
Lt-General Anindya Sengupta, the commander of the Leh-based 14 Corps led the Indian delegation while South Xinjiang Military District Chief Major General Yang Lin led Chinese delegation.