India, China withdraw troops from standoff point in Eastern Ladakh sector

New Delhi/May 5
In a significant decision to ease off tension on the international border, India and China on Sunday evening withdraw their forces from their standoff point in Daulat Beg Oldi sector of eastern Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir.
On April 15, a Chinese army’s unit had entered into the Indian Territory in Burthe in Daulat Beg Oldi sector of eastern Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir and established a tented post. After this, Indo-Tibetan Border Police unit have also setup a post few hundred metres away opposite the Chinese post.
“The Chinese and Indian commanders have reached an agreement and have decided to withdraw their troops from standoff point that was completed by forces from the both sides in the evening today,” government sources said.
Indian and Chinese troops have held four flag meetings to resolve the impasse but without any success as the Chinese troops had refused to pull back and had instead demanded that Indian forces should withdraw their troops. However on Sunday, both sides agreed to withdraw their troops.
The decision came at a time when Indian government was under pressure to cancel External Affairs minister Salman Khurshid’s visit to China over the border stand off.
Salman Khurshid is scheduled to China on May 9 before the new Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang’s visit to India that will start from May 20.