LAC disengagement: China vacates Finger 5 on north bank of Pangong Tso

at 4:20 pm

New Delhi (NVI): As India and China continue the disengagement process at the Line of Actual Control (LAC), People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has dismantled its jetty as well as a helipad at Finger 5 on the northern banks of the Pangong Tso in eastern Ladakh sector.

The Chinese troops have also vacated the mountain tops of Finger 4 area on the northern bank, which they had occupied for months leading to a prolonged confrontation.

LAC disengagement

Furthermore, troops are also dismantling shelters and removing other fortifications which they had built last year, according to media reports.

LAC disengagement

Similarly, tanks on the southern bank that were separated only by 100 metres in some places have been pulled back by both sides completely and are now a few kilometers away.

The disengagement process is expected to be completed within a few days.

Around 20,000 troops were deployed and air defence systems were put in place near the areas around Pangong Tso.

As per the disengagement plan, China will go to Finger 8 and India will move to Finger 3 near Dhan Singh Thapa Post and deployment from the South bank will also be withdrawn. No patrolling by either side will take place till things get normal.

The process began on February 10, after both the nations agreed to disengage from several friction points during the ninth round of Corps Commander-level military talks.

India and China are expected to hold the 10th round of talks after the ongoing disengagement process is over. The next round of talks will focus on withdrawing troops and military equipment from Despang and other areas.