China, India agree to disengage at disputed border

China, India agree to disengage at disputed border

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Beijing: According to a joint statement between the two countries, after a series of conflicts between the two armies on the disputed Himalayan border, India and China have agreed to “disengage as soon as possible.”

Neighbors with nuclear weapons blamed each other this week by firing across the border of the flashpoint, exacerbating the months-long deadlock that has claimed at least 20 lives.

Thousands of soldiers on both sides were deployed to the border at an altitude of more than 4,000 meters (13,500 feet).

After the meeting between Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Indian Foreign Minister Jashanka in Moscow, a joint statement stated that the two sides have agreed to downgrade.

“(The) border defense forces of both countries should continue dialogue, disengage as soon as possible, maintain the necessary distance, and ease the situation on the ground,” the statement said.

The two countries also agreed to “avoid actions that may exacerbate the situation.”

Throughout the dispute, China and India issued similar statements demanding restraint and easing tensions.

The border between the two countries has never been properly demarcated.

The two countries fought a brief border war in 1962, but since four Indian troops were killed in an ambush in 1975, the area has never officially opened fire.

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