Army chief Gen Narvane reviews military preparedness along China border in Uttarakhand

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Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane on Wednesday visited the Indian military formations along the China border in Uttarakhand to review the operational preparedness of troops there.

The army chief has visited the forward areas on several occasions since the standoff with Chinese troops broke on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in early May.

Uttarakhand shares a long border with China. Hence, the Indian Army has done robust deployment there to prevent any misadventure by the Chinese army.

Ladakh standoff on verge of resolution?

The latest developments indicate that India and China may be on the verge of a breakthrough in resolving the over six-month-long tense border standoff in eastern Ladakh with both sides broadly agreeing on a three-step process on disengagement of troops and withdrawal of weaponry from all major friction points in a time-bound manner.

Government sources have told India Today TV that the ongoing India-China standoff may be resolved soon as the armies of the two countries have agreed for disengagement from both the southern and northern banks of the Pangong Lake and the process might be over in a few days.

“You may hear the good news around Diwali in few days,” sources told Aajtak and India Today on Wednesday.

What is the 3-step disengagement plan?

As per the three-step disengagement plan, to be carried out in a week in the Pangong lake area, tanks and armoured personnel carriers are to be moved back from their frontline deployment to a significant distance from the Line of Actual Control (LAC) by both sides within one day, the sources said.

In the second step, near Pangong lake area, both sides are supposed to withdraw around 30 per cent of troops every day for three days. The Indian side will be coming close to its administrative Dhan Singh Thapa post while the Chinese consented to go back to the east of Finger 8.

In the third step, India and China are supposed to withdraw from their respective positions from the frontline along the southern bank of the Pangong Lake area which includes the heights and territories around Chushul and Rezang La area.

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