July 15, 2020 | 11:21 PM IST

Indo-Chinese troops retreat from LAC ahead of high-level military meet

Amid flaring tensions, Indian and Chinese top military men will meet on June 6 to decide on maintaining the sanctity of Line of Actual Control (LAC) along the Ladakh border. The meeting is likely to take place at Chushul-Moldo border on the Chinese side at 8 am.

From the Indian side, Lieutenant-General Harinder Singh of Leh-based 14 Corps, will represent the military along with 10 other major-General and Brigadier rank officials.

The officers will focus on the army troops of both the nations stationed at Pangong Tso (lake) in eastern Ladakh and moving back to their earlier positions. The Pangong Tso area is a point of confrontation since May 5, when Chinese army tried intruding into Indian Territory. 

The lake is about 135 km long and India controls about 45 km stretch while the remaining lies with China. 

The two armies have been disputing over the eight mountain spurs or what the army refers to as Fingers. Finger 5 to Finger 8 are the cause of dispute and both the nations have different understanding about the passing of LAC. While India claims that the LAC passes through Finger 8, the Chinese believe that the LAC passes through Finger 2. 

Before the scheduled meet, China’s People’s Liberation Army has moved back by two kilometres at the Galwan Valley, the Indian Army has retreated by a kilometre. 

Earlier this week, a high-level Division Commander Level Meeting was held between the military representatives of the two countries, but it remained ‘inconclusive’.

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