India-China standoff: Talks between the two areas are to be held this week in multiple places including Patroling stage 14 (Galwan area), Patrolling stage 15, and Hot Springs area
Top military talks must be held at the’Hot Springs’ area of eastern Ladakh on Wednesday.
Sources say before this, a”significant” amount of Chinese troops has retreated but there’s not any specific number. Except for the palms area in Pangong Tso, Chinese troops have begun withdrawing two to three kilometres, they state.
Talks between the two armies must be held this week in multiple places including Patroling stage 14 (Galwan area), Patrolling stage 15, and Hot Springs area, ANI quoted government sources as saying.
Due to the talks within the upcoming few days, the Chinese Army has pulled its troops from several areas, they said.
The sources stated to reciprocate the Chinese disengagement, the Indian side also brought back a number of its troops and vehicles from such areas.
Indian military teams have been already in Chushul to engage the Chinese talks and are coordinating with all the senior officials in this aspect.
On Monday,” Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said India needs a resolution of this decades-old border dilemma with China” when possible”. He described as”optimistic” a week’s high rise military dialogue between the two sides on the face-off in eastern Ladakh.
In a declaration, the external affairs ministry said Sunday the assembly happened in a”cordial and positive setting” and both sides agreed that an”early settlement” of this problem could bring about the additional evolution of the connection between the two nations.
In its comments, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said the countries have agreed to work to keep peace along the Line of Actual Control and solve the standoff through talks.
The tension between the two sides sharply escalated following reports of skirmishes between soldiers at the Pangong Lake area on May 5 and May 6.
According to sources quoted by Press Trust of India, the Chinese Army was slowly ramping up its strategic reserves in its back bases close to the LAC by racing in artillery guns, infantry combat vehicles and heavy military equipment.
The cause for the face-off has been the stiff resistance of China to India putting a street in the Finger area across the Pangong Tso Lake apart from the building of another road linking the Darbuk-Shayok-Daulat Beg Oldie street in Galwan Valley, PTI said quoting sources.
Following the standoff started, the Indian military leadership determined that Indian troops could embrace a company approach in handling the competitive posturing from the Chinese troops in most contested areas of Pangong Tso, Galwan Valley, Demchok and Daulat Beg Oldie.