The armies of India and China conducted joint verification of the withdrawal process of troops at Patrol Post (Patrolling Point) 15 in the Gogra-Hotsprings area in eastern Ladakh. Earlier, the armies of both countries had withdrawn their troops from the point of confrontation there and dismantled temporary infrastructure.
Both sides withdrew from Patrol Outpost 15 (PP-15) but no progress has been made so far in resolving the standoff in Demchok and Depsang areas. In a major development, the armies of India and China announced on September 8 that they had started retreating from the Patrolling Point (PP)-15 area in Gogra-Hotsprings in eastern Ladakh.
The two armies announced the start of the process on 8 September, saying the withdrawal of troops from the Gogra-Hotsprings area was the result of the 16th round of high-level military talks in July. Initially, around 30 soldiers from each side were in face-to-face positions in the PP-15 area, but the number of troops varied depending on the overall situation in the area.
India has consistently maintained that peace and stability along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) is important for the overall development of bilateral relations. A border standoff began in eastern Ladakh on May 5, 2020, following violent clashes in the Pangong Lake areas. Both sides gradually deployed thousands of soldiers and heavy weapons.