Amid falling temperatures in Ladakh and increasing cold related problems of troops deployed on both the sides of LAC, India and China have agreed to put into motion a three stage disengagement plan. It has been learnt from reliable sources in Ministry of Defence, the three stage plan includes moving the artillery and tanks back from the LAC to the locations in depth followed by move of troops in forward positions back to areas around erstwhile camps of Border Defence Regiments. Once these steps have been implemented, the forces will withdraw to their permanent peace time locations.
While these steps have been agreed to with regard to all friction points, the modalities for disengagement from Depsang and arrangements for patrolling are yet to be finalized.
Broadly, in the defence sectors, it is being discussed that disengagement from forwards areas, de-escalation and de-induction are the three logical stages of diffusing the ongoing border deployment on both sides.
After the first friction on 04/05 May this year, both the sides has escalated the deployments to nearly 50000 troops. This involved deployment of two to three divisions, alongwith air defence missiles, tanks and guns integral to these formations. 15th June and the night of 29/30 August were the defining moments that could have led to war in Ladakh. However, with engagements at appropriate levels the war or serious engagements were averted.
China has been building infrastructure all along India- China border.