India and China start pulling back tanks from southern bank of Pangong Lake

India and China start pulling back tanks from southern bank of Pangong Lake

In a statement published on the Chinese defence ministry website on Wednesday, spokesperson Wu Qian said the frontline units of the Chinese and Indian armed forces have begun to disengage at Pangong lake on February 10 in line with the consensus reached at the 9th round of military commander-level talks.

India and China have started pulling back armoured elements – tanks and infantry combat vehicles – from heights on the southern bank of Pangong Tso, people familiar with the disengagement plan in New Delhi said.

The reports of withdrawal of the armoured elements from one of the multiple friction points in the East Ladakh sector comes nearly a fortnight after military commanders of the two armies agreed on January 24 to push for an early disengagement of their frontline troops.

The troops have begun to disengage “simultaneously and systematically”, Wu was quoted as saying in the statement.

The Chinese defence ministry did not share details of the disengagement.

The defence and external affairs ministries in New Delhi have not issued a statement on the movement of the armoured elements.

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