China, India hold border disengagement talks
Tensions have eased but points of friction remain
China on Wednesday said it held “candid” talks with India on troops’ disengagement in the disputed Ladakh region of the Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir, state-run media reported.
“On the basis of realizing the disengagement in the Galwan Valley and Pangong Tso Lake, China and India recently held a candid and in-depth exchange of views on promoting the settlement of the remaining issues in the western section of the border,” Wang Wenbin, the country’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, told a news conference in the capital Beijing, according to Global Times newspaper.
Beijing's latest statement comes amid reports that the People's Liberation Army is deploying advanced long-range rocket systems along its border with India.
Such an advanced system is seen as a deterrent against India, which also moved thousands of its troops to Ladakh from the disputed valley last year.
The two countries are face-to-face along the Line of Actual Control – the de facto border between China and India in the disputed territory.
At least 20 Indian and four Chinese soldiers were killed in a clash last June. Tensions eased due to several rounds of talks, and the two sides stepped back. But points of friction remain and full disengagement is yet to be reached.Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.