2 years since Galwan clash: PLA presence, issue remains unresolved

2 years of Galwan clash: PLA presence, issue remains unresolved
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It has been two years since the Galwan clash took place. Chinese troops of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) transgressed into Galwan Valley on May 5, 2020.

Notably, even after two years, an uneasy stalemate still prevails between India and Chinese army along the 1597 km (LAC) in East Ladakh.

The disengagement process from Kongka La area remains incomplete. More than 15 rounds of meetings took place between India and China but the stalemate prevails.

After Galwan clash, the Chinese Army had transgressed into areas of Kugrang River, a tributary of Shyok river, Gogra, and the north banks of Pangong Tso on May 17-18.

However, the two armies have been able to disengage from Pangong Tso, Galwan and Gogra-Hot Springs area. But the PLA still remains in the KongKa La, which defines the Chinese border claims as per the 1959 Line on the LAC.

So far, the two countries have bilaterally discussed the issue at apex diplomatic level.

Moreover, India has also made it clear that the road to normalization of relations goes through East Ladakh.

Both the areas of Galwan Valley and Pangong Tso lake are quiet; the Chinese army has fortified on its side with a new bridge over the salt-water lake.

When it comes to the Indian side, it has also strengthened all along the 3,488 km LAC with clear cut instructions to the troops guarding the north frontiers.

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