India, China withdraw tanks, armoured vehicles from Pangong lake

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh told Parliament that the disengagement is mutual and India has not given up on any of its land held before the trouble started in May last year

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The meeting started at 10 am at the Moldo border point on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control and it was continuing, the sources said. Photo: iStock

India and China are moving towards disengagement on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) as tanks and infantry combat vehicles started moving back from the banks of Pangong Tso lake on Wednesday evening (February 10).

Also read: India, China agree on disengagement. This is how it will be carried out

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said in Parliament on Thursday that the disengagement is mutually agreed upon and India has not given up on any of its land held before the trouble started in May last year.

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The first phase of disengagement is expected to get completed within seven days. After that, India and China would take up other subjects of debate like the Patrolling Point-17 and PP-15.

The modalities of withdrawal were discussed between the two armies during two meetings in the Chushul sector on February 8 and 9.

India is also disengaging from strategic positions in the south of Pangong Lake, which were occupied by the Indian troops in August.

Also read: India, China agree on disengagement. This is how it will be carried out

The Indian army base has shifted to the Dhan Singh Thapa post near Finger 3 while the Chinese troops have moved back to east of Finger 8.

The two sparring neighbours had deployed in access of 50,000 troops on either side of the LAC in Ladakh ever since the Chinese tried to change the status quo.

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