New Delhi: Chinese troops retreated completely from Gogra and Hot Springs on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh on Thursday. With this, the process of withdrawing troops from both sides from the designated places in the first phase was completed. There will be online talks between the two sides on Friday to remove the army from other places in the next round.
Meanwhile, the Foreign Ministry reiterated that India has again rejected China’s claim in the Galvan Valley. India is committed to ensuring its sovereignty and territorial integrity. According to sources, the two countries have completed the process of creating a three-km buffer zone. Under this, both the armies have withdrawn from the tattered Galvan Valley, Gogra and Hot Springs. China has also withdrawn troops from Petroling Point 17 on Thursday.
External Affairs Ministry spokesman Anurag Shrivastava said that India had made its stand clear on Sunday in a two-hour telephonic conversation between NSA Ajit Doval and Chinese Foreign Minister that it would not tolerate any change in LAC. He said that in talks with the Chinese Foreign Minister, the NSA had made it clear that India was serious about any kind of construction near Galvan Valley. We will not tolerate any kind of commotion here. Srivastava said the two sides are committed to reducing tension and maintaining peace through negotiations. Both sides also agree that LAC should be respected.
Meeting to decide the second stage process There will be an online meeting on Friday to decide the outline of the next phase of army withdrawal from LAC. In this, Naveen Srivastava, Joint Secretary for East Asian Affairs in the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, will discuss with the Chinese Foreign Ministry Director-General Wu Jianghao. Commander-level talks may also take place early next week.
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According to sources, the second phase will focus on Pangong Tso. There some Chinese soldiers from Finger Region 4 have retreated. India has been continuously insisting that China withdraw its entire army from Finger 4 and 8. The fourth round of commander-level talks on this will be held in the next two-three days. Over the next few days, both armies will review the withdrawal of troops on the LAC. Army sources have said that until one Chinese soldier withdraws from all areas, the Indian Army will remain firm and will not stop pressurizing it.