Indo-China Tensions: Rajnath Singh Confirms To Parliament Of Mutual Disengagement Policy With China
On Thursday, Rajnath Singh addressed the Rajya Sabha and informed about the disengagement policy between India and China.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday informed that India and China agreed to disengage in the Pangong Tso area in eastern Ladakh and go back to the status quo after nearly nine months of a stand-off. Rajnath Singh informed that the disengagement policy will be done in a phased, coordinated and verified manner.
Rajnath Singh addressed the Rajya Sabha members and said, “The Chinese side will keep its troop presence in the North Bank area to the east of Finger 8. Reciprocally, the Indian troops will be based at their permanent base at Dhan Singh Thapa Post near Finger 3.” A similar action would be taken in the South Bank area by both sides, he said.
He further gave details about the agreements with China Defence Minister. He said, “It has also been agreed to have a temporary moratorium on military activities by both sides in the North Bank, including patrolling to the traditional areas. Patrolling will be resumed only when both sides reach an agreement in diplomatic and military talks that would be held subsequently.”
The standoff at the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh started in the first week of May 2020. It started from Finger 4 as the Chinese and Indian troops had clashed. Later, it had spread to several standoff points along the LAC ahead of the LAC in the North and South banks of the Pangong Tso. Rajnath Singh also informed that all the structures built by both sides on the border will also be removed.
Further, he said, “I want to assure this House that in these talks we have not conceded anything. The House should also know that there are still some outstanding issues with regard to deployment and patrolling at some other points along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh. These will be the focus of further discussions with the Chinese side. We have agreed that both sides should achieve complete disengagement at the earliest and abide fully by the bilateral agreements and protocols”.