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India-China standoff LIVE: PLA, Indian Army withdraw troops around 600 metres from four friction points

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday again attacked the government over the Ladakh face-off, and asked what happened that China “took away” India’s land when Prime Minister Narendra Modi is at the helm.

Amid the border tension with China, NCP president Sharad Pawar has said China is a “bigger threat to India” than Pakistan.

“What just happened is that we have agreed on the need to disengage because the troops on both sides are deployed very close to each other. So there is a disengagement and de-escalation process which has been agreed upon,” External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said during an video interactive session at the India Global Week.

The Chinese soldiers have taken a step back at several locations along the Line of Actual Control. The PLA and Indian Army have moved back around 600 metres from the four friction points, where they has been a tense standoff.

“The ones who have been a part of the United Nations very well know that UN is not an enchanted place. Countries like China and India stand very differently in the UN, in terms of their perspective and approach. China is always quiet and speaks only for itself whereas India always wants to speak for everyone”: Syed Akbaruddin said.

Members of the Tibetan community on Friday staged a protest against China outside the Chinese Consulate in New York.

India’s former permanent representative at the United Nations, Syed Akbaruddin on Saturday said countries like China and India stand very differently at the UN, in terms of their perspective and approach.

Agency reports said some boats from Pangong Lake in eastern Ladakh had also been removed but this could not be confirmed.

We have agreed on the need to disengage because troops are deployed very close to each other. Disengagement & de-escalation process has been agreed & it has just commenced. It is very much a work in progress: External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar on India-China border issue

They were taken to Chanakyapuri police station and will be released soon, he said.

A small group of Tibetans held a protest against China in Delhi on Saturday, police said.

“Three protestors came here to protest. They were detained from near the Chinese embassy at central Delhi when they were trying to move ahead,” a senior police officer said.

Tibetan group holds protests against China in Delhi

Though there was no official word on the telephonic talk between the two ministers, sources said bilateral defence ties as well as the regional security situation in face of an aggressive China in the entire Indo-Pacific region featured in the discussion.

Defence minister Rajnath Singh on Friday briefed his American counterpart Mark Esper on the latest developments in the over two-month troop confrontation with China, which has seen India deploy US-origin weapon systems like Apache attack helicopters and M-777 howitzers in eastern Ladakh.

Keeping a close eye on the military disengagement in eastern Ladakh, senior officials from India and China met virtually on Friday to talk through the details of the exercise, days before the next round of military-commander-level talks are due, and the Indian statement said both sides agreed to ensure complete disengagement and de-escalation.

“I don’t know which way he would go and I don’t think he knows either. I think he sees the geostrategic relationship with China, for example, exclusively through the prism of trade,” he added.

“I don’t know what Trump will do after the November elections once the guard rail is removed… He’ll be back to the big China trade deal. If things were to develop between India and China in a more critical fashion, I’m not sure where he would come down,” the former US envoy to the UN said.

Former US NSA John Bolton said that Trump knows anything about the history of these clashes over the decades between India and China.

The senior BJP leader added that the Prime Minister will decide the future course of international border demarcation while many major countries stand witness. The way Modi handled the stand-off with China, the world is looking at him to lead, he said.

Mathur said that it is the Prime Minister who will dictate the contours of the Line of Control (LoC) and Line of Actual Control (LAC) demarcating lines separating Indian borders with that of Pakistan and Chinese-controlled territory respectively.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dictate the future course of border demarcation between India and China, BJP senior leader Om Prakash Mathur said on Saturday.

According to European Foundation for South Asian Studies (EFSAS), the fact that Pakistan, China’s sworn best friend and stooge combined, no longer holds the same charm for the US it once did was made evident in the US State Department report which highlighted the fact that Islamabad had been designated as a “Country of Particular Concern” (CPC) under the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, and that it had been re-designated as a CPC in 2019.

Instead, the Trump dispensation now appears to be gearing up for a bigger and multifaceted battle with the ‘Dragon’ further east, said a European think tank.

Pakistan’s regional machinations no longer serve a strategic purpose for the United States as it used to be in the past for former American administration

According to sources, she also discussed the current political situation and the key issues that would be raised by the Congress in the next Parliament session where the party will seek to corner the government on the handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the Sino-India standoff at Ladakh.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi held a meeting with the party’s Lok Sabha MPs through video conferencing on Saturday and is learnt to have discussed with them the COVID-19 situation in the country.

The disengagement of troops from the friction points formally kicked off on Monday following eight weeks of eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation between the two armies at multiple locations in eastern Ladakh.

According to reports, both sides have completed creation of a buffer zone of three kilometres in the three friction points of Galwan Valley, Gogra and Hot Springs as part of a temporary measure.

A border clash has plunged ties between India and China to their lowest point in decades.

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