Tuesday, February 23, 2021

India and China finalize the disengagement of their troops on the Himalayan border


India said on Sunday that its troops, along with those of China, had completed their “disengagement” from a disputed part of the border between the two countries in the Himalayas, after months of tension. The last clash between Chinese and Indian soldiers in this area dates from June 2020 and left both sides dead: 20 on the Indian side according to New Delhi and four Chinese side according to Beijing.

Encroachment on the territory of the other

This high-altitude incident on the border of Tibet and the Indian region of Ladakh was the most serious between the two Asian giants and nuclear powers since the 1962 blitzkrieg, which saw China easily win the day. ‘India.

The Line of Actual Control (LAC), the de facto border between India and China, is not clearly demarcated and the two countries have accused each other of having encroached on the territory of the ‘other. Beijing and New Delhi had sent tens of thousands of additional troops and heavy weapons to the region following their clash in June.

“An important step forward”

The two countries, however, concluded at the beginning of February, after nine negotiation sessions, an agreement of mutual “disengagement” of troops in one of the disputed sectors of the border. India’s defense ministry said on Sunday, citing a joint statement with Beijing, that during the tenth negotiating session held on Saturday, “the two sides noted with satisfaction that the disengagement of their frontline troops in the region of Lake Pangong had ended without a problem “.

This is “an important step forward,” said the statement, adding that “the two parties agree to (..) continue their dialogue and communications, stabilize the situation on the ground and strive resolve the remaining issues in a mutually acceptable manner. “

India and China share 3,500 km of border, other areas of which are the subject of litigation, particularly in Ladakh.



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