The defence minister in Rajya Sabha said that India and China will now remove forward deployments in a phased and coordinated manner
In his Rajya Sabha address on the present situation in the India-China border standoff, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday that sustained talks with China have led to agreement on disengagement on the north and south banks of the Pangong Lake.
“Our sustained talks with China have led to agreement on disengagement on the north and south banks of Pangong Lake. After this agreement, India and China will remove forward deployments in a phased, coordinated manner,” the defence minister said.
Singh went on to say that India is committed to maintaining a peaceful situation at the borders. “India has always emphasised on maintaining bilateral ties,” he added.
The defence minister added that many fraction areas have been built near the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh. He said that China has beefed its deployment in the area and India has also matched its moves.
“Many fraction areas are built near LAC in Eastern Ladakh. China has collected heavy force and arms and ammunition near LAC and in the nearby area on their side. Our forces have also adequate and effectively done counter deployment,” Singh said. He made it clear that India wants a “phased disengagement”.
“We’ve begun talks over North-South bank of Pangong Lake Some issues over deployment at LAC are yet to be resolved. Both sides agreed that complete disengagement to be done at the earliest,” he said.
Singh added that India has already held talks with China on solving the border conflict, based on three principles.
“First, both parties must agree on LAC and respect it. Secondly, there shouldn’t be an attempt to change the status unilaterally, by any party. Thirdly, all the compromises should be completely agreed upon by both parties,” Singh said.
“China will keep its troops to the east of the Finger 8 at the north bank of Pangong Lake. India will keep its troops at its permanent base near Finger 3,” he added.