After a long standoff, on 10 February 2021, the cool heads prevailed into Beijing and New Delhi which led to the disengage of troops at Pangong Tso. Presently, as Indian and Chinese tanks are withdrawing from borders, rumors have started popping up in the Indian media and need to be clarified. In this Guarding India article, we will cover few factors which should be known by an average Indian.
First and foremost, the agreement was sealed between the military commanders of India and China with diplomatic supervision. Therefore, it is unlikely that military commanders on either side would have given away their land as the same will amount to a loss of prestige for their armies. Thus rumors of losing land to China are unfounded. Both armies have agreed to create a no patrol zone between Finger 4 and Finger 8. It is just akin to ‘No Mans Land’ with fewer minefields and permanent posts. Both Indian, as well as Chinese troops, have moved back but the Chinese side has lost its newly created military boat facility on Pangong Tso as they have pulled back beyond Finger 8. This agreement is mutually beneficial as India still monitors Chinese troop activity from mountain peaks of Kailash Range.