India and China are inching closer to further disengagement of troops at Ladakh, with progress expected to be made at the Gogra and Hot Springs flashpoints in the next round of Corps Commander level talks. Officials said there has been no attempt by the PLA to breach the agreement reached in February to withdraw troops from Pangong Tso.
The Indian position has been for a “comprehensive de-escalation” of tensions in Eastern Ladakh that cropped up in April last year after PLA moved close to 50,000 troops near the border and attempted to breach the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Talks had been stuck as China was insisting on withdrawal of additional troops brought in by both sides, followed by talks on specific flashpoints.
The Indian stance, sources said, has been on disengagement at the flashpoints –– primarily at Kong Kala (Gogra) and Shok Sala (Hot Springs) –– before moving on to a larger de-escalation that would involve moving back of additional troops, armour and artillery from Eastern Ladakh.