For approximately a month, China and India have had a standoff along their disputed frontier high in the Himalayas.
Thousands of troops were deployed on both sides.
According to Indian officials, the standoff began in early May when large contingents of Chinese soldiers entered deep inside Indian-controlled territory at three places in Ladakh, erecting tents and posts.
They said the Chinese soldiers ignored repeated verbal warnings to leave, triggering shouting matches, stone-throwing and fistfights.
There were numerous “escalations” of sorts, with Indian and Chinese soldiers organizing stone-flinging fights and also fighting with sticks, there were also several fist fights.
Reportedly no weapons were discharged, but it is presumably just a matter of time.
In order to avoid further escalation, Chinese and Indian officials met at a border checkpoint on June 6th. The talks were held in the border outpost of Maldo on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) – the de facto border between the two countries, India-based NDTV channel reported.
Reportedly, the talks resulted in a positive agreement on peacefully resolving the situation, Chinese experts said, according to the Global Times.
“Both sides agreed to peacefully resolve the situation in the border areas in accordance with various bilateral agreements and keeping in view the agreement between the leaders that peace and tranquility in the India-China border regions is essential for the overall development of bilateral relations,” India’s foreign ministry said in a statement.
India said the meeting took place in a “cordial and positive atmosphere,” China did not immediately respond. Beijing has on multiple occasions described the border situation as “stable and controllable.”
Most of the 3,488km-long (2,167 miles) border between the two countries is disputed and non-demarcated.
Retired Indian Northern Army Commander Lt Gen DS Hooda described the high-level talks as “unprecedented”.
“I have not seen Corps Commander level officers carrying out military talks,” Lt Gen DS Hooda was quoted as saying.
No shots have reportedly been shot across the disputed border since 1975. Diplomats say this is part of an unofficial “de-escalation pact”.
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