India, China 'complete disengagement' of troops from part of border

India, China ‘complete disengagement’ of troops from part of border


New Delhi: India said on Sunday that after months of increased tensions, Indian troops and Chinese counterparts have withdrawn from the disputed part of the Himalayan border.

Neighbors with nuclear weapons fought a border war in 1962 and have long accused each other of trying to cross the border in the Ladakh region opposite India. This has never been properly agreed.

The latest flare-up turned deadly in mid-June last year when 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a border battle in the strategically important Galwan river valley in Ladakh. Beijing on Friday said four of its soldiers had died in the clash, its first confirmation of Chinese fatalities.

After nine rounds of high-level military talks which have been held since the June clash, India s Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said last week that both sides agreed to disengage from the Pangong Lake area.

India s defence ministry said in a joint statement with Beijing that during the 10th round of talks on Saturday, “the two sides positively appraised the smooth completion of disengagement of frontline troops in the Pangong Lake area”.

The statement said it was a “significant step forward” that provided a good starting point for the resolution of other disputes in the western sector of the contested border.

“The two sides agreed to… continue their communication and dialogue, stabilise and control the situation on the ground (and) push for a mutually acceptable resolution of the remaining issues,” the statement added.

India and China share a border of 3,500 kilometers (2,200 miles). Other places in Ladakh are also disputed, including Aksai Chin, a strategic corridor connecting Tibet with western China, adjacent to the Galvan Valley. Nakula crossed the east, connecting Sikkim and Tibet.

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