New Delhi: According to an official statement released on Thursday by the Ministry of Defence, the disengagement of Chinese (PLA) and Indian troops has begun to in the Gogra-Hotsprings (PP-15) area. “On 8th September 2022, according to the consensus reached in the 16th round of India China Corps Commander Level Meeting, the Indian and Chinese troops in the area of Gogra-Hotsprings (PP-15) have begun to disengage in a coordinated and planned way”, the statement mentioned.
It is pertinent to mention here that the announcement of this disengagement process comes around a week ahead of the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Uzbekistan which is set to be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Also, there is strong speculation that both the leaders may have a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the summit. However, it is merely a speculation and nothing has been confirmed as yet. However, this disengagement announcement can certainly be seen as a positive sign in that direction.
“The disengagement is conducive to the peace and tranquillity in the border areas”, the statement concluded.
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