India-China tension: On Monday, both sides in Sino-India military diplomacy took a step back in the fractious world of Sino-Indian military diplomacy as tensions remained high at the LAC.
As part of a five-day disengagement process, both sides moved their frontline troops back to the rear from the face-off site of PP-15 in the Gogra-Hotsprings area in eastern Ladakh on Monday, breaking the ice at the Patrol Point 15 (PP)-15 stand-off. According to sources close to the situation, the ground commanders are still awaiting full details about the disengagement and verification process. While this major breakthrough was taking place, little progress was being made in resolving the outstanding stand-off between Demchok and Depsang. Chinese and Indian armies announced on September 8 that they had begun the disengagement process from PP-15. Asked on the sidelines of an event about the disengagement at PP-15, Army Chief General Manoj Pande said: “I will go take stock. But it (disengagement process) is proceeding as planned.”