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India-China begin gradual withdrawal of troops, disengage in Ladakh

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Media reports said that China is withdrawing soldiers deployed in the Galwan area of eastern Ladakh and also reducing troops in the Pangong Tso sector. The Chinese and Indian military were engaged in a military stand off for over a month in these and other regions of Ladakh and Sikkim. Reports quoting top government officials said the Chinese side had begun withdrawing troops on Monday. “We have also reciprocated and moved back our troops,” a top government official was quoted by Hindustan Times.

Reports said both countries were working towards restoring the status quo on the standoff locations.

Military commanders of the two countries had met to de escalate matters. Lt Gen Harinder Singh, commander of Leh-based 14 Corps had led the Indian delegation while the Chinese side was led by Maj Gen Liu Lin, commander of the South Xinjiang military region.

The standoff started after Chinese soldiers clashed with Indian counterparts in eastern Ladakh near Pangong Lake.