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India-China border dispute: Bruised PLA begins to retreat

Chinese bravado notwithstanding, India now has incontrovertible evidence of the serious drubbing the PLA had received in the night of 15 June

China has withdrawn some of its troops and vehicles from the front fronts in the Galvan Valley. According to sources, there was a core commander-level dialogue between India and China on 22 June to ease tensions on the eastern Ladakh border. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) had assured the Indian Army it would withdraw their troops deployed from the forward positions on the Line of Actual Control (LoAC).

The withdrawal of some of their troops and vehicles from the Galwan is in keeping with their word, against the grain of treachery India has experienced since 1962.

There has been a long-standing conflict between the armies of India and China in eastern Ladakh. In the night of 15 June, this tension peaked in the Galwan Valley, taking the form of violent skirmishes. The conflict cost India 20 soldiers while China had 50 soldiers dead or injured with permanent disabilities.

Thereafter, on 22 June, the corps commanders of the two sides held a dialogue to reduce tension. China assured in the meeting it would withdraw its troops from the current position.

India sees troop withdrawal via satellite images

On the basis of high-resolution spectral images of the LoAC that India received from its satellite, sources confirmed that some troops had retreated from the front.

China is not ready to accept it is retreating as of now, but the spectral images from a satellite with its camera focussed on the area leave not much to the imagination.

India-China border dispute: Bruised PLA begins to retreat [internal image 1]

Two Mercedes cars are seen in these high-resolution images. It is clear that after the violent clash in the Galwan Valley, top army officers reached there. Apparently, they had come to see how much damage the PLA had suffered in the violent clash with Indian soldiers in the night of 15 June.

Further, the satellite images show some ambulances parked near Patrolling Point 14. The built a makeshift field hospital for the treatment of wounded soldiers there — seen in some of the images.

India-China border dispute: Bruised PLA begins to retreat [internal image 2]

Bruised PLA returns; Indian Army stays put

Sources in the Indian Army said some soldiers were so badly injured in the skirmish that they could not be airlifted. They lay scattered far from the mountainous road where the conflict took place. The PLA built the field hospital ad hoc in a hurry to treat its wounded soldiers. That temporary hospital is now gone.

India seems to have pushed the back by 5 km from the Galwan Valley, Patrolling Point 14. China had tried to stop or change the course of the river, 90% of which lies on the Chinese side of the LoAC. The PLA needed to block the passage of River Galwan to enable them to camp on the basin towards the Indian side.

India-China border dispute: Bruised PLA begins to retreat [internal image 3]

From the satellite pictures now, water is seen flowing through the river bed again, suggesting that the Chinese troops are gone.

India-China border dispute: Bruised PLA begins to retreat [internal image 4]

In early May, Chinese troops had built tents near the foothills in the Gogra Hot Spring area. According to the latest photos, the Indian Army has driven them out of there.

Tents of the Indian Army are still visible in the area. There was a clash between the armies of the two countries on 5 and 6 May, in which several soldiers on both sides were injured. The deployment of troops along the border and LoAC increased from both India and China thereafter.

Finally, on 15 June, the conflict reached the yield point in the Galwan and took the form of a violent skirmish between the two armies.

The Depsang build-up by the PLA is, however, intact.

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