India, China complete disengagement in Hot Springs

New Delhi: Indian and Chinese troops have completed disengagement from a key standoff point in Ladakh, according to government sources. The process started on September 8 after the discussions between the two sides during the 16th round of corps commander level.

India and China last week announced the disengagement of their troops from the Patrolling Point 15 in the Gogra-Hot springs area of eastern Ladakh in a “coordinated and planned way”.

Both armies had agreed to move back from their positions towards their respective sides of the LAC and verify each others’ positions after that.

The two sides have now resolved all the friction points that came up after the May 2020 aggression by the Chinese army in the Pangong Lake areas.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping will both be in Uzbekistan on September 15 and 16 to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit.

The first in-person SCO summit since 2019 will be watched closely for the possibility of bilateral meetings on the sidelines between Xi and other leaders, including Putin and Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

It will be the first time PM Modi and Xi Jinping will come face to face after their meeting at Brasília on the sidelines of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) in 2019.

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