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By Dr. Shirin Abbas, Copy Edited by Adam Rizvi, TIO:
The heightened tensions between New Delhi and Beijing, after the recent clash between the People’s Liberation Army and the Indian Army in the Galwan valley of Ladakh have finally de-escalated with the Indian and Chinese armies arriving at a “mutual consensus” to “disengage” from all friction points in eastern Ladakh, as per an agency report on Tuesday.
A marathon meeting of top military commanders of the two sides took place on on Monday in a “cordial, positive and constructive atmosphere”. The Chinese officials also confirmed that a CO of the PLO had also been killed in the clas. China has however not yet made its casualty figure public.
News agency PTI mentioned sources as saying today that Indian and Chinese armies have taken a decision that modalities for disengagement from all areas in eastern Ladakh will be taken forward by both the sides.
In a bid to defuse tensions, an Indian delegation led by Lt Gen Harinder Singh, the commander of the 14 Corps, on Monday participated in a meeting with Commander of the Tibet Military District Maj Gen Liu Lin-headed Chinese delegation. The meeting went on for 11 hours.
“There was a mutual consensus to disengage. Modalities for disengagement from all friction areas in eastern Ladakh were discussed and will be taken forward by both the sides,” said a source.
The meeting had begun at around 11:30 am on Monday at Moldo on the Chinese side of the Chushul sector in eastern Ladakh.
During the talks, India had yesterday strongly raised with China the “premediated” attack on Indian troops in Galwan Valley on June 15 and sought immediate withdrawal of the Chinese soldiers from all friction points in eastern Ladakh.
The first round of the Lt Gen-level talks had taken place at the same place on June 6 during which both the sides had reached an agreement to disengage eventually from all standoff points starting with Galwan Valley.
However, the situation worsened following the June 15 violent clash in Galwan Valley that left 20 Indian Army personnel were martyred.
The Opposition has been upping the ante after Prime Minister Modi issued a statement on television earlier this week denying that Indian territory in the region had been encroached and Indian soldiers taken captive. Immediately after the television address, the Chinese Army released 10 Indian soldiers including a major. The Opposition has been waging a tirade over the issue saying the PM’s statement has contradicted reports coming in from Ladakh, had compromised the nation and glossed over the taking over of 70 kms of Indian land near the LAC in the Galwan Valley region. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi even tweeted that the PM must change his name to Surendra (Surrender) Gandhi as he had cow towed to China on the issue.
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