Troop Disengagement Process With China Working to India’s ‘Disadvantage,’ Congress President Says

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There’s unease in India about the ongoing troop disengagement process with China at the Ladakh border, as both nations seek to end the year-long military standoff. According to reports in Indian media, Beijing told Delhi in April that it should be “happy” with what’s been achieved and seek no more concessions.

On Tuesday, Sonia Gandhi, the chief of India’s main opposition party Congress, hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the ongoing troop disengagement process at the Ladakh border with China.

Her criticism follows media reports that China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) refused to vacate several friction points during the negotiations. 

“The disengagement agreement with China appears to have worked entirely to India’s disadvantage so far,” said Gandhi, Congress’ leader.

The disengagement process commenced in February this year – military commanders from both nations have so far held 11 rounds of talks in a bid to end the border stalemate.

To date, troops on both sides have retreated from one friction point on the northern bank of the Pangong Tso Lake, while China has reportedly pulled back troops from forward positions in the Galwan Valley.

However, the PLA is yet to remove troops from Gogra Post, Hot Springs, and Depsang, the other points of contention in the ongoing dispute.

Meanwhile, the Indian opposition has criticised the Modi-led government for agreeing to remove Indian troops from Kailash Range, another strategically…

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