December 8, 2022

Indian and Chinese troops will disengage from Gogra-Hot Springs in Ladakh by Monday. The development comes ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Uzbekistan for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit.

According to a statement from the Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman, Arindam Bagchi, both parties have agreed that all temporary buildings and other related infrastructure built in the region will be taken down and jointly certified.

According to Mr. Bagchi, a day after both sides announced the outcome of the 16th round of military negotiations, the two sides have agreed to end forward deployments in this area (Gogra-Hot Springs) in a phased, coordinated, and verified manner, resulting in the return of the troops of both sides to their respective areas.

According to Mr. Bagchi, the agreement guarantees that all parties would rigorously observe and respect the Line of Actual Control, or LAC, in this area and that there won’t be any unilateral changes to the status quo.

As of yet, there has been no further military activity between India and China in the Galwan region, the scene of violent fighting in June 2020 that claimed the lives of 20 Indian troops fighting for their nation. It resulted in the death or injury of about 40 Chinese soldiers.

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