India and China agreed to withdraw troops from the disputed lake area in the western Himalayas. This is considered a breakthrough after many tense confrontations between the two sides in the border area.
Speaking in parliament on Feb. 11, Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said the two sides had reached an agreement after several rounds of negotiations between military generals as well as diplomats.
“Our ongoing negotiations with China have helped create an agreement on the job,” he stated withdrawal on the North and South banks of Pangong Lake. “
Before that, the VNA correspondent in New Delhi quoted The Indian Express as saying the commanders India and China on the North and South banks of Lake Pangong in East Ladakh met on February 9 and 10 to prepare for the first steps towards the withdrawal.
The Chinese Ministry of Defense on Feb. 10 also announced that the forces of the two countries at the above positions had begun “a synchronized and organized withdrawal,” in line with the agreement reached between the commanders. group when they last met on January 24.
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The move seems to herald the first major breakthrough in negotiations aimed at resolving the nine-month-long military standoff along the Actual Control Line (LAC) in East Ladakh.
Off the North and South banks of Lake Pangong, other conflict points between the two countries in East Ladakh include PP15 in Hot Springs, PP17A in Gogra Post, PP14 in Galwan Valley, and Depsang Plain in the far north where the army is. China once blocked Indian soldiers at a site called Bottleneck, preventing them from accessing traditional patrol sites.
Border tensions between India and China re-escalated in early May as the two sides added thousands of troops and more heavy weapons at the border.
Over the past 80 years, the two countries have always been at odds over a nearly 3,500km long border Himalaya and the clash is often caused by overlapping claims.
More than 20 rounds of negotiations have yet to bring these two most populous countries to consensus on the border issue./.