China’s People Liberation Army (PLA) has reduced its troops in the Pangong Tso area of eastern Ladakh but there has been pullback similar to the ones which took place in Galwan Valley and Gogra-Hot Springs. The Phase-1 of the de-escalation plan will be completed only after the Chinese soldiers withdraw from Finger-4 to Finger-5 area on the north bank of Pangong Tso. This comes ahead of the joint verification expected to be carried by the Indian and Chinese armies in eastern Ladakh to assess the implementation of the disengagement process.
The two militaries are set to hold extensive talks on finalizing modalities for restoring normalcy and bringing back peace and tranquillity in the region after the verification of the disengagement exercise is completed, sources told PTI. According to a report by TOI, while the PLA has pulled down few tents, moved some vehicles back, and slightly reduced its troop at Finger-4 but is yet to vacate the area. However, Chinese heavy armored vehicles are still present in the depth areas in the Galwan river area.