India-China agree on Three Step Disengagement in Pangong Tso

On November 11, 2020, India and China agreed to implement a three step disengagement in Pangong Tso. Under the new plan, the military forces of the countries are to move back to their respective positions before April-May 2021.

Key Highlights

The Disengagement Plan was finalized during the 8th Corps Commander level talks held between the countries on November 6, 2020.

What is the plan?

As the first step of the plan, the tanks and armoured personnel carriers are to be move back from their respective frontline deployment positions within one week.

In step two, both the countries are to withdraw 30% of their troops deployed on the banks of Pangong Tso lake. The Indian side had agreed to come close to its administrative Dhan Singh Thapa post. The Chines agreed to go back to their position, which is east of Finger 8.

In third step, the two sides are to withdraw from their respective positions along the southern bank of Pangong Tso lake area. This includes the territories and heights around Rezang La and Chushul.

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