China is withdrawing from the Indian border according an Indian source
WARSAW, (BM) – China began to withdraw troops from areas along the disputed Indian border in the Himalayas, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing sources from Indian government. In June, 20 Indian soldiers were killed on this border in direct clashes with Chinese army forces.
On Monday, the Chinese army was seen assembling tents and dismantling structures at a location in the Galwan Valley in Himalayan Ladakh, close to where the clashes took place in June, India’s government sources said, reserving anonymity.
Also vehicles retreating from this area, as well as from Hotsprings and Gogra, two other disputed border zones, were seen – sources, cited by Reuters, said.
Asked whether China withdrew the equipment from the Galvanian Valley, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said both sides were “taking effective steps to alleviate the situation at the border.”
“We hope that India will meet with China halfway and take concrete steps to implement what both sides have agreed, will remain in close contact through diplomatic and military channels, and work together to ease” tension on the border,” said Zhao at a press conference.
Despite the gradual withdrawal of troops, the situation in the region remains tense
India’s efforts to de-escalate tensions with China on the line of effective control (LAC) in East Ladakh have so far failed, as we reported this Monday [July 6 – ed.]
“Two months after the clashes between Indian and Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh, the situation in this area remains tense. The Indian-Chinese negotiations at the military and diplomatic level did not lead to a mitigation of the situation,” sources in Indian military circles told BulgarianMilitary.com.
According to them, “despite the agreements reached on a phased withdrawal of troops, they continue to remain in their positions.” “This makes the situation in eastern Ladakh dangerous and unpredictable,” the sources indicated. “It is becoming increasingly apparent that the army groups of India and China in Ladakh are likely to maintain their former deployment until winter.”
Last month, the Hindustan Times recalls, in response to the concentration of units of the People’s Liberation Army of China (PLA), India deployed three army divisions and two regiments of T-90 tanks to the region. New Delhi is currently considering acquiring Predator strike drones from the United States to increase the combat capabilities of its troops in the LAC zone.
The United States and Russia have tried to help China and India in last month
US President Donald Trump said on June 21 that the American side is negotiating with India and China and is trying to help these countries overcome problems in relations.
“We are negotiating with India, we are negotiating with China. They have big problems,” Trump said.
He noted that the situation was “very tough” and that India and China had already reached physical clashes. “We will try to help them,” the American leader added.
Earlier, a spokesman for the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, said that Moscow hoped that India and China would show diplomatic and political wisdom in order to prevent new exacerbations.
“Of course, we are worried about this incident, and we hope and are confident that both New Delhi and Beijing will show diplomatic and political wisdom so that they can independently find out wording without interference from any states that will allow them to avoid further such exacerbations,” said a Kremlin spokesman.
Gathering of military forces
On June 6 China began deployment of large military group to the border with India, which, in particular, including many tanks, armored personnel carriers, infantry fighting vehicles and other armored vehicles.
On published footage is visible countless infantry fighting vehicles waiting to be dispatched on railway platforms, Type-96 tanks on tractors, as well as the arrival of units at the deployment site.
At the same time, a large convoy of Indian military trucks was deployed towards the disputed region.
On the night of June 15-16, clashes between the Indian and Chinese military occurred in the area of the Galvan River in the Union territory of Ladakh. According to Indian army sources cited by local media, no firearms were used – sticks and stones were used. At least 20 Indian soldiers were killed, 76 wounded, sources in the Indian army also claim that about 45 Chinese soldiers were killed and wounded.
The situation in Ladakh escalated after clashes took place in early May with the participation of about 250 Chinese and Indian soldiers. More than 100 people were injured on both sides. Subsequently, India and China said they were making efforts to maintain stability.
Unresolved issue of drawing the border line between the former British India and Tibet. Two sections were considered controversial. One of them, with an area of 518 km², is located in the north-eastern part of Kashmir, also known as Aksai Chin.
The second disputed region is located in the northern part of the modern state of Arunachal Pradesh, occupies an area of 82.88 thousand km² along a border area of approximately 700 km in length.
One of the reasons for the aggravation of relations between the countries was the fact that India discovered a road built by China through Aksai Chin, apparently constructed to improve access to Tibet, where the situation was tense then. In 1960, the PRC proposed to give India the eastern disputed site in exchange for free hands within the western.
According to another version, the real reason for the Chinese invasion was India’s political asylum to the fourteenth Dalai Lama, who fled from Tibet after the Chinese captured this country.
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