Media report says China has withdrawn troops at Galwan Valley by a kilometer

A recent media report citing information shared by its sources said on Monday that China has withdrawn its troops by at least a kilometer in the tense Galwan river valley in eastern Ladakh, where 20 soldiers were killed in action in a deadly brawl with Chinese troops on June 15.

The media report has also said that Indian soldiers have also pulled back and a buffer zone has been created between the troops of both sides. “We will need to wait to see if this is a lasting, genuine disengagement,” the report quoted its sources as saying.

Temporary structures built by Chinese soldiers at the illegally occupied site at the river-bend embankment are being removed by both sides, according to the sources.

Reports of the pull-back in the last 24 hours have emerged three days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surprise visit to a Ladakh forward post on Friday, where he addressed thousands of troops and asserted, without naming China, that “the age of expansionism is over and expansionist forces have either lost or were forced to turn back.”