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India, China inch closer to disengagement in Ladakh, focus on Pangong Tso

BY The print

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.

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  1. Armenia , Azerbaijan and Russia sign deal to end Nagorno-Karabakh conflict on 9 November , 2020. Indiacations of hope come about India-China stand off in eastern Ladakh border around same time.
    ( 1 ). News reports are that Armenia , Azerbaijan and Russia signed deal on 9 November , 2020 to end over a month old Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. A trilateral statement signed by these three countries would become a crucial point in the settlement of the conflict. Russian President Putin is said to have piloted the settlement. One of the salient features of the settlement is that Russian force of peacekeepers would be deployed along the frontline in Nagorno-Karabakh and the corridor between the region and Armenia for a period of five years. According to news reports , the deal means hostilities between the countries to the conflict would end from 10 November , 2020. The Prime Minister of Armenia is reported to have said that ‘ unspeakable painful’ decision to end the conflict is based on in-depth analysis of the military situation.
    ( 2 ). News reports on 11 November 2020 said that India-China may be on the verge of a breakthrough in resolving the six-month-long tense border stand off in eastern Ladakh.
    In this context , it may be apt to refer readers to this Vedic astrology writer’s one of predictions in article “ Climax of year 2020 can make appearance during 10 October to 13 November – worrisome concerns on territorial , economic and health fronts calling for more care and appropriate strategy” , published at nirpakhawaaz.in on 27 September , 2020. The related text in the article reads as follows :-
    “ 3 ( e ). The planetary suggestion is that ‘ sea’ or ‘ ocean’ can play a vital role. There are at present nearly half a dozen hot spots mostly in sea , where in one or more hot spots , world war 3 can break out during the period from 10 October to 13 November , 2020 on dates which have already been specified at ( a ). These hot spots are :- South China Sea , Taiwan , Black Sea , eastern Mediterranean ( involving Greece-Turkey and others ) , Middle-east ( involving Iran and others ) , India-China border and the like”.
    Readers are aware that the conflict for Nagorno-Karabakh , which erupted this time on 27 September 2020 can be said to have ended on 10 November 2020. It inflicted heavy painful casualties on both sides besides destruction on the ground. More countries were involved directly into the conflict while indirect involvement was also reported. And at one stage of time , it was feared it could lead to world war 3 during crucial period of 10 October to near 13 November , 2020. So this writer can say that the predictive alert was somewhere closer to the actual happening on the ground. Similarly , India-China stand off in eastern Ladakh looks to be giving a note of moving to resolution around the same period of time.
    Link to reach the article :-
    http://english.nirpakhawaaz.in/2020/11/04/climax-of-year-2020-can-make-appearance-during-10-october-to-13-november-worrisome-concerns-on-territorial-economic-and-health-fronts-calling-for-more-care-and-appropriate-strategy/

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