China troops move back by 2 km at Ladakh

Pull back continues in other areas

New Delhi, Jul 08 (PTI): The Chinese military removed all temporary structures and almost completed withdrawing its troops from the face-off site in Hot Springs in eastern Ladakh on Wednesday in sync with a decision by the two countries to ensure expeditious disengagement of forces from the friction points, people familiar with the development said.
The disengagement process began on Monday morning after a nearly two-hour telephonic conversation between National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Sunday.
In the talks, the two sides agreed on an expeditious withdrawal of troops from all the standoff points to bring back peace and tranquillity in the region. Doval and Wang are special representatives for the boundary talks.
Following the talks, a mutual disengagement process was kicked off in Galwan Valley, Hot Springs, Gogra and in Finger areas in Pangong Tso.
“The withdrwal of troops by China is complete in patrolling point 15 in Hot Springs,” said one of the persons cited above.
In the next few days, Indian Army will carry out a detailed verification to check actual implementation of the disengagement process, he said.
It is learnt that the mutual disengagement in Gogra (patrolling point 17A) is expected to be completed by tomorrow.
Gogra and Hot Springs are among the key friction points where the two armies were on an eyeball-to-eyeball engagement for last eight weeks.
The sources said the two two Armies are expected to hold further talks later this week after the first phase of disengagement process is completed.
As per the decisions arrived at the corps commander-level talks on June 30, the two sides would create a minimum buffer zone of three km in most of the areas where they were locked in a standoff.
Government sources said the Chinese military has already removed tents and withdrew its personnel from patrolling point 14 in Galwan Valley, the site of a violent clash between the two armies that left 20 Indian soldiers dead.

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