India-China Disengagement Update: Corps-Commander level meeting to take place after disengagement is complete

According to various defense sources, the next round of corps commander-level talks is to be held in 48 hours between the Indian Army & PLA after withdrawal from both banks of the Pangong Tso is completed to the satisfaction of both sides.

By Harkirpal Singh, Updated : Feb 16, 2021 15:56 IST
India-China Disengagement Update: Corps-Commander level meeting to take place after disengagement is complete
PLA & Indian Army troops disengaging at Pangong Tso lake

After armored and mechanized columns, Indian and Chinese infantry soldiers have begun disengaging from the Kailash Range south of the Pangong Tso. The process is set to be completed by Friday. After the completion of the disengagement process, both sides are scheduled to have another round of corps-commander talks within 48 hours.

Sources in the defense and security establishment stated that the disengagement process is “on the right track”, and as part of the agreement, soldiers have started withdrawing from the heights on the southern bank, which were occupied in an operation on the night of 29-30 August.

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The withdrawal is taking place from the Gurung and Magar Hills, besides Rechin La and Rezang La on the southern bank, and from the ‘Finger Area’ on the northern bank.

On the northern bank, Indian soldiers will move back to their last permanent base in the Finger area, the Dhan Singh Thapa post of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), near Finger 3. Chinese troops will go back to their permanent Sirijap post beyond Finger 8, a location that they captured in the 1962 war.

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However, disengagement from the strategic Depsang Plains, Gogra Post, and Hot Spring area is yet to be finalized. The next corps-commander level meeting will take place between both sides 48 hours after disengagement is completed on Friday. Other remaining friction points could be discussed in the next meeting.

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