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.
More pics of Indian and Chinese troops and tanks disengaging from the banks of Pangong lake area in Eastern Ladakh where they had been deployed opposite each other for almost ten months now.— ANI (@ANI) February 16, 2021
(Pics Source: Northern Command, Indian Army) pic.twitter.com/3QjC56Asxk
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.
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.