Its plan to retreat was discussed at the Corps Commander-level talks between the two countries held in Chushul on November 6 to reduce tension on the border. The armies of the two countries have agreed to retreat from parts of the eastern Ladakh sector, under which they will return to locations in April-May this year.
Armies will retreat in three stages
Sources said that as per the retreat plan, the forces of the two countries would evacuate the Pangong Tso lake area in the first week. It will also repel tanks and troops to a significant distance from the Line of Actual Control (LAC). A three-phase plan has been agreed between the two armies.
According to discussions at the Corps Commander level talks, battle tanks and armored vehicles will be withdrawn from the border within a day. The talks, which took place on November 6, were attended by Navin Srivastava, Joint Secretary of the Ministry of External Affairs and Brigadier Ghai of the Directorate General of Military Operations.
In the second phase, 30 percent of the troops on the border will be repelled.
As part of the second phase of the plan, the Indian and Chinese armies will have to withdraw 30 percent of their troops from the northern shore of Pangong Tso Lake for three consecutive days. Thus the Indian Army will retreat to its Paddy Singh Thapa post. At the same time, the Chinese army will return to Finger 8.
The third stage will be to retreat from Pangong Lake
In the third and last phase both armies will retreat their troops from the southern region of Pangong Lake. It also includes the hills and areas of Chushul and Rejang La, where the forces of India and China are to retreat.
The process of retreat will be investigated
India and China have also agreed on a joint mechanism to see progress in the withdrawal process along the border. Under this, there will be representative meetings between the two countries and the process of retreat using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will be investigated.
India is stepping up the border dispute
Since the skirmish in the Galvan Valley of eastern Ladakh, India has been making considerable inroads over the border dispute, as India cannot trust the Chinese government. In the violent skirmish in the Galvan Valley, 20 soldiers of the Indian Army were killed. There were 43 casualties from the Chinese side in this clash.
The Indian Army, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's trusted security team, has captured some important hills on the northern and southern sides of Pangong Tso Lake. PM Modi's team includes National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Narwane and Air Force Chief RKS Bhadauria.