China Proposes Disengagement Strategy Over Pangong Tso Lake
The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has proposed a three-step disengagement plan, according to which both India and China will vacate the critical spots along the conflicted Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh. The PLA has requested the Indian Army to pull back from 13 spots of the southern bank of Pangong lake. China will vacate the spots it occupies on the northern bank in response.
However, none of the two armies are considering to vacate the 900 sq km area of Depsang plains of the northern Ladakh.
“It is a proposal, and not an agreement to disengage, let it be fine-tuned and matters to mature,” a senior Indian Army officer was quoted as saying by the Tribune India.
National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, who heads the China Study Group (CSG), is expected to consider the proposal by the PLA only if it comes with complete guarantees.
The Indian Express quoted a senior army official as saying: “Everything is in the grey zone. Nobody has formally committed. All matters of details are currently under deliberations with modalities, timelines and distances being discussed between the two sides.”
“How it will be done, when, nothing is agreed as of now,” the official added.
The official said “everything will be based on verification” as China can’t be trusted, especially after the Galwan Valley clashes in June.
On June 15, soldiers from both the armies had clashed in Ladakh’s Galwan valley. As much as 20 Indian Army personnel had lost their lives, while China too had witnessed an unspecified number of casualties.
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