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EFSAS comments on disengagement of Indian and Chinese troops in Ladakh


The disengagement at PP-15, which follows earlier similar disengagements in the Galwan Valley in 2020 and Pangong Tso in 2021, represents another step towards restoring the status quo as of April-May 2020. With the breakthrough at PP-15 coming just days before the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in Samarkand on 16 September which both Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping were scheduled to attend and come face to face for the first time since 2019, the expectation was built up in the media that the positivity of the disengagement process would result in a bilateral meeting between the two leaders that would signal the beginning of a thaw in relations.