First phase of pullback of troops in Eastern Ladakh almost done, Corps commanders from both sides to meet next week

The next round of the Corps Commander level talks between the Indian and Chinese armies is likely to be held next week to discuss the next phase of the de-escalation process of the military build-up by the two countries along the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh.

A roadmap for further disengagement and de-escalation will be taken up during the meeting between 14 Corps Commander Lieutenant General Harinder Singh and his Chinese counterpart of the South Xinjiang military region, officials said on the condition of anonymity. A date for the meeting will be decided in a day or two. The two sides are expected to discuss the pull back of thousands of troops and war-fighting equipment to a mutually agreed distance from the current close proximity deployment. Presently, both sides have deployed artillery guns, tanks, fighter jets and attack helicopters near the Line of Actual Control (LAC). There has been no change in these in-depth area deployments. A timeline will be decided for this pull back.

Pulling back of Chinese troops from the Finger 4 area of Pangong Tso- the site of a violent clash that left troops from both sides injured- is also expected to be taken up during the talks. The PLA has thinned down troops from the Finger 4 area

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