India and China are inching closer to a possible resolution of the seven-month military standoff in Eastern Ladakh with both sides contemplating a common proposal to ease tensions, especially along the northern and southern banks of Pangong Tso, ThePrint has learnt.
Government sources said India is hopeful of a “complete disengagement” before the middle of next month and that talks will continue at “all levels”.
The developments come as the icy-cold winters settle in Ladakh with temperature already dropping down to minus 20 degrees Celsius.
According to the proposal, modalities of which are yet to be worked out in detail, the Chinese will move back from the Finger 4 area of the northern banks of Pangong Tso to beyond Finger 8, sources in the defence and security establishment said, adding that the Chinese will also remove all tents and observation posts set up in an 8-km area.
Similarly, Indian troops will also move back to its administrative Dhan Singh Thapa post, which is ahead of Finger 2, but just short of Finger 3, the sources said.
The area from Finger 3 to Finger 8 is likely to remain out of bounds for patrolling by both sides as of now, which is akin to creation of a buffer zone.