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Army Chief General Manoj Pandey is reaching Ladakh today. There he will take stock of the ongoing army withdrawal process from the Gogra-Hot Springs area on the border with China. India and China have recently agreed to withdraw the army from this area.
Military sources said that the withdrawal of troops of both sides from Gogra-Hot Springs (PP-15) has started from Friday after the 16th round of commander-level talks between the two countries on July 17. A detailed statement will be issued in this regard. It is believed that from the above place, the Indian Army can withdraw its troop towards Karam Singh Hill, while the Chinese army can return to the Chinese area towards the north.
Tensions arose between the two neighboring countries in eastern Ladakh in May 2020, when China arbitrarily deployed its army in the area. India-China army came face to face at patrolling point 15.
Will be back by September 12
On Friday, the Chinese and Indian Foreign Ministries had confirmed the withdrawal of the army from PP-15. The Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Friday that the process of retreat from the two armies had started from 8 September at Gogra-Hot Springs. He told that by September 12, both the armies will clear this place. It has been agreed between the two sides that the troops will be removed in a phased manner in the entire region and will be called back to their territory.
The Chinese army has said that the process of withdrawal of armies of both countries has started from Gogra-Hotsprings PP-15. This will be done in a planned and coordinated manner. According to the consensus reached in the 16th round of Sino-India Corps Commander-level talks held in July, Chinese and Indian troops have started a coordinated and planned withdrawal from the region of Xian Daban from 8 September. This has been said in a press release issued by the Chinese Ministry of Defense in Beijing. In this, a favorable environment will be created for peace in the border areas.
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