Amid all the news of further escalations and the potential violent face-off between India and China, the Indian and Chinese soldiers have now begun ‘partial disengagement.’ Defence sources on June 9 informed the same.
Earlier, a long standoff between the Indian Army and People’s Liberation Army had continued along the LAC since early May.
Although no statement from Beijing or Delhi have been received but the sources informed that “partial de-induction has happened from some points in Galwan and Hot Springs areas. Chinese side removed some of the tents and some troops and vehicles have been moved back, and the Indian side too has reciprocated.”
On June 6, a meeting had taken place between India’s XIV Corps Commander Lt. General Harinder Singh and South Xinjiang Military District Commander Major General Liu Lin in the Chushul-Moldo region following which, the troops had stepped back from the earlier position.
In the three-hour-long meeting, the sides accepted 5 faceoffs; Patrol Points 14, 15 and 17, Finger area of Pangong Tso and Chushul. Furthermore, in the meeting, India maintained that construction on the Darbuk-Shyok-Daulat Beg Oldie (DSDBO) road will continue as it is well within the Indian boundary.”
Over the next days, more meetings and cooperative plans are expected to be proposed involving officers at the division, brigade, and battalion levels.
It waits to be seen how the events unfold. Although going in a good direction now, there still remains the history of 1962, which like a shadow, is resurfacing in all discussions and meetings. With a pandemic already at their disposal, both sides should do better than make the situation more critical.