China and India Agree to Stop Sending New Troops Sensitive Part of Border
What’s new: The Chinese and Indian militaries have agreed to “stop sending more troops to the frontline” in an effort to deescalate border tensions five months after the deadly skirmish in the Galwan River Valley in May. The two sides reached the agreement Monday during their sixth round of commander-level talks on the border situation.
China’s defense ministry said in a Tuesday statement (link in Chinese) that the two countries agreed “not to unilaterally change the status quo” at the border region to “avoid any actions that might complicate the situation there.” They have also agreed to hold the seventh round of commander-level talks as soon as possible.
What’s more: The move came after the two countries’ foreign ministers agreed during a Moscow meeting on Sept. 10 to “quickly disengage” from contact along the border following a recent skirmish near the south bank of Pangong Tso Lake earlier this month. The two ministers agreed to “expedite work to conclude new Confidence Building Measures to maintain and enhance peace and tranquility in the border areas.”
This year also marks the 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries.
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