After the border tension at Galwan valley, now Indian and Chinese troops( PLA) moved back 1.8 km from the clash point. This stepping back is the first sign of the disengagement process discussed in the meeting with the Corps Commander.
As per the senior Army officer, the Chinese military camp uprooted all their tents from the clash point. Now, both Indian and Chinese troops moved 1.8km back behind the PP 14 area. The two sides will have 30 soldiers each, 1.8 km behind the PP14 area.
PLA Moved Out Completely From The Indian Side Of The LAC Into Their Own Territory
Another 2 km away, both sides agreed for 50 soldiers in each side. Moreover, for now, further few km away, both sides can have soldiers in large numbers.
“There have been three rounds since June 6. Now the next one is likely to be scheduled after July 10 or 11, depending on the progress we make on what we have agreed about Gogra and Hot Springs region. The Fingers area (in Pangong Tso) is more complicated, so that will take time,” MHA sources said.
According to the senior Army officer, tents of Chinese dismantled on Monday at PP15 and PP17A. Moreover, some troops and vehicles were seen moving back to the Chinese side. However, Chinese were still there, said the officer.
“We still need to verify this step before the second step is taken. The verification can be done either visually or through the hotline. That is all part of the process,” the officer said.
A de facto ‘buffer zone’ will be created after the first step is completely performed. Due to de facto ‘buffer zone,’ both sides will enter to rule out clashes.
The ‘buffer zone’ at Galwan is expected to lie on the Indian part of the LAC. This will keep the Indian troops to the west of Shyok river and Chinese soldiers will be kept to the east if the LAC.
According to the officer, the first step would take 2-3 weeks for its completion. After the first step, a round of talks between the military commanders will happen, before approaching for the second step. The second step’s concern will be de-escalation. The de-escalation where troops, heavy weaponry and specialist equipment massed along the border will go back to their bases.