Ladakh Deescalation: China Withdraws 140 Tanks, 60 Artillery Guns, 7,000 Troops
Ladakh Deescalation: China Withdraws 140 Tanks, 60 Artillery Guns, 7,000 Troops

The military tension between the two neighbours India-China had grabbed international attention even as the world was grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic. The last six months saw a number of engagements between the two countries, both military and diplomatic, including long-drawn-out confabulations between commanders at the corps level, the highest field formation of the Army, according to Tribuneindia.

Fresh visuals released by the Indian Army on Tuesday showed that disengagement in eastern Ladakh’s Pangong Tso sector is in top gear, with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers dismantling their bunkers, tented camps and pillboxes, and retreating from barren heights on both banks of the lake to vehicles waiting at the nearest road-heads to carry them back to their bases., according to Hindustantimes.

Multiple videos and images released by the Indian Army today show the continued process of disengagement between Chinese and Indian forces on both banks of Pangong Lake, NDTV report. Indian and Chinese tanks were seen disengaging from the south bank of Pangong lake area in eastern Ladakh where they were deployed amid a standoff areas along the Line of Actual Control.

Ladakh Deescalation: China Withdraws 140 Tanks, 60 Artillery Guns, 7,000 Troops
Multiple videos and images released by the Indian Army today show the continued process of disengagement between Chinese and Indian forces on both banks of the lake, seen to be a breakthrough after the forces of both sides were involved in a face-off on this area for nearly a year.

From Pangong South Bank, the Chinese withdrew 130-140 tanks, 30 artillery guns and some 2,000 troops. From Pangong North Bank, 30 artillery guns and some 4,000-5,000 troops were withdrawn by the Chinese. No Chinese tanks were deployed in the North Bank.

This forms part of the February 10 agreement on disengagement between India and China that makes it binding on the two sides to remove structures they constructed on the mountains after April 2020 when border tensions began.

India and China have agreed to pull back troops from both banks of of the bitterly contested lake area high in the western Himalayas, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Singh had said last Thursday. The "synchronised and organised disengagement" began last week.

Videos also show Chinese forces dismantling tents and bunkers and carrying heavy load and walking on the mountainous terrain. A large number of Chinese soldiers are seen walking down a hillside to trucks which are waiting to take them away. Chinese earth-movers were seen restoring the land in the area, thus removing military structures which had been set up. The army has not specified if this set of images was from the north or south bank of Pangong.

India-China tensions Update

India-China tensions resurfaced in May last year with a series of skirmishes in the Pangong Lake region. The row escalated on June 14, when 20 Indian soldiers died for the country in a physical clash in Galwan Valley. There have been several rounds of talks to resolve the standoff since.

The Chinese side will keep its troop presence in north bank of Pangong Lake to the east of "Finger 8". Reciprocally, Indian troops will be based at their permanent base at Dhan Singh Thapa Post near "Finger 3" and the area in between will be no man's land for now with both sides agreeing not to patrol.