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India and China say military talks on border dispute “positive”

FILE PHOTO: An Indian Air Force’s Apache helicopter is seen in the Ladakh region, September 17, 2020. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui DANISH SIDDIQUI September 22, 2020

BENGALURU – India and China said on Monday that the ninth round of talks between military commanders to resolve a months-long border confrontation in the Himalayan region of Ladakh had been “positive, practical and constructive.”

“The two sides agreed to push for an early disengagement of the frontline troops,” a joint statement issued by India’s defence ministry said.

The nuclear-armed neighbours deployed thousands of troops in the remote snow deserts of Ladakh last summer when tensions flared after 20 Indian soldiers were killed in hand-to-hand combat. The Chinese suffered an undisclosed number of casualties.


January 25, 2021

Reporting by Devjyot Ghoshal; Editing by Toby Chopra

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