Despite the Chinese Ministry’s claim that their troops on both sides were gradually disengaging and the situation was moving towards de-escalation along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh, the Indian Army has alleged that was no positive movement over the past fortnight.
Sources from the Indian Army said that the standoff at Pangong Tso and Patrolling Point 17A at Gogra was yet to be resolved. “It is likely to be the focus of the fifth round of talks at the level of the Corps Commander”, Army sources said. According to the officials, the fifth round of talks since June 6 is expected in the next few days.
Senior Colonel, Ren Guoqiang, spokesperson for China’s Ministry of National Defense, has said China and India have conducted effective communication and coordination through both diplomatic and military channels since the clash at the Galwan Valley region. At present, the situation in this region tends toward de-escalation, and the disengagement between the border troops of the two countries is gradually carried forward, he added. He further said, “We expect the Indian side will proceed from the overall situation of maintaining China-India relations and regional peace and stability, focus on cooperation, properly address differences, and earnestly promote the continuous development of the relations between the two countries and the two militaries along the correct direction of friendly cooperation”.
On the other hands, sources from the Indian Army, said there has been no further disengagement at Pangong Tso and PP 17A, two of four friction points. There has been a stalemate since the last round of Corps Commander Talks at Chushul on July 14, 2020. There was mutual pullback of troops, after the third round of talks on June 30, at all four friction points—PP 14 in Galwan Valley, PP15 in Hot Springs sector, PP 17A in Gogra Post area, and Finger 4 on the north bank of Pangong Tso. At PP 17A and Pangong Tso, sources said, the disengagement has not been completed.