Withdrawal of troops from Finger 4 area in Pangong Tso also picked up momentum, paving the way for holding of another round of corps commander level talks in the next few days to further de-escalate tension in the region.
The disengagement process began Monday morning after a nearly two-hour telephonic conversation between National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi during which they agreed on expeditious withdrawal of troops from the LAC.
Even though Beijing has been indulging in a low-intensity trade war for over a decade, with rampant dumping of state subsidised products, it is only recently that India took the first big overt step towards this regard.
China’s aggression is born out of insecurities about India’s foreign policy and its stand on issues of mutual interest, writes Lt Gen (Retd) Subrata Saha, a member of the national security advisory board
Despite holding sizable territory, China has stayed away from the Kashmir dispute, leaving India and Pakistan to have it out among themselves. However, by supporting Pakistan and criticising India, China appears to have lost that neutrality.
It is really a matter of national survival. Who would you rather take the lead from--successful, well-protected nations or the wiseacres who brought you the joys of November 26, 2008 and the dubious promise of Sharm-el-Sheikh?