China refuses to budge from Pangong Tso, Gogra Post; pulls back from Hot Springs

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JULY 23, 2020

Days after Indian and Chinese military leaders agreed on a mutual phased de-escalation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh, China has refused to pull back from the strategically significant Pangong Tso lake area and the Gogra Post.

Sources privy to the development have told India Today TV that China is not budging from two key flashpoints: Pangong Tso and Gogra Post.

The sources said there is a total stalemate at heights in the Pangong Tso area and that Chinese pullback has also been stalled at Gogra Post. It is learnt that China has now revived its claims over these areas.

Meanwhile, China has signalled a pullback in the Hot Springs area. The pullback will resume today.

India and China have been embroiled in a massive standoff at various points along the Line of Actual Control in eatern Ladakh since early May. The two sides have had several rounds of military and diplomatic talks but the standoff continues.

Tensions between the two sides peaked on June 15 when 20 Indian soldiers, including a Colonel -rank officer, were killed in a violent faceoff with Chinese troops in Galwan Valley. While China also suffered casulaties, it is yet to disclose its details.

While standoffs between India and China along the LAC have occcured in the past, the most significant being the one in Dokhlam three years ago, but this was the first time in over four decades that the two sides were involved in bloodshed along the LAC.


Courtesy/Source: India Today