China and India agree to disengage troops on contested border

  • China and India agree to disengage troops on contested border

Kyiv: China and India said on Friday they had agreed to de-escalate renewed tensions on their contested Himalayan border and take steps to restore “peace and tranquillity” following a high-level diplomatic meeting in Moscow, Reuters reports

Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi and Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar met in Moscow on Thursday and reached a five-point consensus, including agreements that troops from both sides should quickly disengage and ease tensions, the two countries said in a joint statement.

"The two Foreign Ministers agreed that the current situation in the border areas is not in the interest of either side. They agreed therefore that the border troops of both sides should continue their dialogue, quickly disengage, maintain proper distance and ease tensions’’, the statement says. 

Previously, in June, tensions erupted into a frontier clash within territories of Ladakh (Indian Kashmir side) and Tibet autonomous region (China). 20 Indian soldiers were killed and China suffered an unspecified number of casualties. It should be reminded, that this ongoing territorial dispute between the world’s two most populous countries contains lots of border clashes till now including most serious of them sino-indian war in 1962.

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