China used ‘microwave’ conducted energy weapon to force Indian soldiers out of Himalayan hills: report

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Indian border security forces soldiers guard a highway leading to Leh, on the border with China, in Gagangir on June 17, 2020. Photo de TAUSEEF MUSTAFA / AFP via Getty Images
Indian soldiers pay their respects at the funeral of their comrade, Nyima Tenzin, an Indian special forces soldier of Tibetan origin, in Leh, September 7, 2020. Tenzin was killed during the last border confrontation with Chinese troops at their border dispute from the Himalayas, a Tibetan official said on September 1. Photo de MOHD ARHAAN ARCHER / AFP via Getty Images

Plan

Seeking to end the dangerous military impasse, India and China are formulating a plan that involves the establishment of no-patrol zones, the withdrawal of tanks and artillery, and the use of drones to verify the withdrawal of forces, according to Indian officials.

After months of choppy progress, the two sides are discussing a phased disengagement from the high-altitude desert where temperatures have dropped to 18 degrees below Celsius, three Indian government officials said.

“We have a firm disengagement plan on the table, it is being discussed internally on both sides,” said one of the officials, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the situation.

As part of the plan that was shared at a meeting of senior commanders last Friday, the two sides will withdraw from the Pangong Tso Lake area and establish a buffer zone.

Chinese soldiers will dismantle defense structures on several hilly spurs overlooking the lake and withdraw, officials briefed on the talks said.

India, which has occupied heights on the southern shore of the lake, will also withdraw. Both camps will cease patrolling certain sections.

The 3,800 km-long Indo-Chinese border is not demarcated and the two countries went to war in 1962.

Although there have been recurring incidents over the years, troops on both sides have largely followed a long-standing protocol to avoid firing guns at the border at high altitudes, although warning shots have been issued. drawn in September.

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