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Pangong Tso disengagement: India has not conceded any territory to China

Rajnath Singh's statement had made it clear that there are outstanding problems to be addressed, including at Hot Springs, Gogra and Depsang

The Ministry of Defence today said that it has taken note of some "misinformed and misleading" comments being amplified in the media and on various social media platforms regarding the disengagement currently underway at Pangong Tso along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) between India and China in eastern Ladakh.

The ministry said that the factual position has already been clearly communicated by the Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in his statements to both Houses of the Parliament yesterday. However, it said that certain instances of wrongly understood information being amplified had to be countered to set the set the record straight.

"The assertion that Indian territory is up to Finger 4 is categorically false. The territory of India is as depicted by the map of India and includes more than 43,000 sq km currently under illegal occupation of China since 1962," it said in a statement issued Friday.

"Even the Line of Actual Control (LAC), as per the Indian perception, is at Finger 8, not at Finger 4. That is why India has persistently maintained the right to patrol up to Finger 8, including in the current understanding with China," it added.

The ministry made it clear that the permanent posts of both sides at the north bank of Pangong Tso are longstanding and well-established. On the Indian side, it is Dhan Singh Thapa Post near Finger 3 and on the Chinese side, east of Finger 8. The current agreement provides for cessation of forward deployment by both sides and continued deployment at these permanent posts.

The statement cleared that India has not conceded any territory as a result of this agreement. On the contrary, it has enforced observance and respect for LAC and prevented any unilateral change in the status quo.

Minister Singh's statement had also made clear that there are outstanding problems to be addressed, including at Hot Springs, Gogra and Depsang. The outstanding issues are to be taken up within 48 hours of the completion of the Pangong Tso disengagement.

"The effective safeguarding of our national interest and territory in the Eastern Ladakh sector has taken place because the government has reposed full faith in the capabilities of the armed forces. Those who doubt the achievements made possible by the sacrifices of our military personnel are actually disrespecting them," stated the Defence Ministry.