At 8.45 am on Sunday, Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Narwane called Defense Minister Rajnath Singh to inform that the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) was moving troops from Y-junction in Galvan Valley towards the rear base camp. The same evening, between 5 and 6 pm National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval held talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
During the conversation, Ajit Doval emphasized the need to restore the patrolling rights of the Indian Army at four points of the 1597 km long Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh.
People familiar with the matter said, “By Monday evening, China began to withdraw from the four-point standoff between the two countries, ie Galvan, Gogra, Hot Springs, and Pangong Tso. The Indian Army also returned to its base camps in Galvan. Soldiers first started going back from Gogra (Petroling Point 15) and Hot Springs (Petroling Point 17). Meanwhile, Chinese soldiers were also finishing the structures built on Finger 4.
People aware of this incident said that until the withdrawal of Chinese troops is complete, there will be no lapse from Indian soldiers. The deployment will continue, as no accidents can be ruled out right now.
He said, ‘However these are the first steps taken for displacement at LAC. Ajit Doval and Wang Yi agree that both sides will have patrol rights at the deadlocked points, but will avoid any future confrontation. However, the Joint Secretary-level Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination (WMCC) on border issues will meet soon to implement these decisions. After three weeks, two meetings are scheduled for talks.
NSA Ajit Doval stated India’s intention during a conversation with SR Wang Yi on June 17, with guidance from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and coordination with Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah and Foreign Minister S Jaishankar. During this conversation, the two countries accused each other of starting skirmishes on the border.