India-China: A Three-Step Ladakh Cool-Off Plan

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India-China: A Three-Step Ladakh Cool-Off Plan
Defense Mapping Agency, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Both the countries, India and China have prepared a three-phase strategy for withdrawal in eastern Ladakh where since May both the sides have been in a stand-off, as stated by senior government sources.

There is no such signature or firm agreement on the execution or implementation plans. It is very uncertain, as the plan has no time period decided and also no clarity on the extension, the two sides have not decided on any of the above things to date.

Technically the disengagement involves the Chinese and Indian forces pulling back covering that includes armoured personnel carriers and tanks that are posted near the Line of Actual Control. It also states that the Chinese troops would retire to the Finger 8 region of the Pangong Lake’s Northern Bank, leaving their current posts. India will, in turn, retreat to its previously occupied position before the stress between the countries began.

The Indian forces will move back from the South Bank of the Pangong Lake as that is the position where India governs the heights to posts prior to the tension started. India continued to be even more vigilant since the Galwan valley clash that happened in June this year, where 20 Indian soldiers lost their lives along with many Chinese soldiers, which includes a commanding officer.

China has mobilised its army troops in a huge deployment at the Line of Actual Control, while India went close to 60,000 army troops for forwarding deployments and also taking in reserve units.

There is an Indian security establishment which includes  Ajit Doval, National Security Advisor, General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Defence Staff, General Manoj Mukund Naravane, Army Chief  and RKS Bhadauria, Air Force chief, had returned with powerful military stratagems like holding 

the dominating altitudes along the southern as well as northern bank of Pangong Lake on the Line of Actual Control.