India-China standoff: PLA moves back by 2km


NEW DELHI | JULY 08, 2020:

The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) troops have pulled back around 2 km at Patrolling point 14 and 15 in the Galwan Valley in Eastern Ladakh.

"Disengagement between troops of India and China has been completed today at Patrolling Point 15. The Chinese troops have moved back by approximately 2 kilometres," said an Army source.

Agreements were made between the Corps Commanders that a buffer zone of 1.5 km on both sides of the Line of Actual Control has to be established.

The Galwan Valley water level has also risen due to the melting of snow, which may have forced the Chinese to move away from the area.

The Indian Army is using drones to verify their movement as physical verification was hindered by the rising water of the Galwan river.

At Pangong Lake, which is the most contentious issue between the sides, Chinese troops have moved up to Finger 4 where they have bought over 120 vehicles and dozen boats.

The Chinese army has also opened up a new front bin the area near the Depsang Bulge, tabletop plateau north of Galwan.

China attempted to change the existing state of affairs by putting up shelters and setting up camps in areas falling under Indian control.

However, the military commanders from both sides are in constant contact and India remains cautious with the Indian Army and Indian Air Force on high alert.