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India-China agree to disengage from "friction points" in Ladakh

Talks lasted for more than 11 hours and were aimed at cooling tensions between both the countries

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New Delhi: Following a marathon meeting between senior Indian and Chinese commanders at Moldo on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on Monday, a “mutual consensus to disengage” from “all friction areas” along the contested LAC was reached on Tuesday.

Army sources inform here that the talks lasted for more than 11 hours and were aimed at cooling tensions between both the countries.

It is also reported that the modalities for disengagement from all friction areas in eastern Ladakh were discussed and will be taken forward by both the sides

The meeting between the delegations were led by Lieutenant General Harinder Singh, commander of the Leh-based 14 Corps, and Major General Liu Lin, commander of the South Xinjiang military region.

The last time a meeting at this level was held was on June 6, when India and China agreed to pull back troops in attempts to de-escalate after weeks of tension and build-up.

Disengagement began on both sides after that meeting; the Chinese pulled back troops, followed by the Indians.

But on June 15, a fight broke out between the two sides in the worst-ever border confrontation between the Indian and Chinese armies since 1967.

Altogether 20 Indian soldiers were killed and 76 injured in the deadly clash triggered by the Chinese refusing to remove a tent as part of what was agreed on June 6.

Indian soldiers were assaulted with crude and barbaric weapons used by the Chinese troops, including nail-studded clubs, spiked rods and stones. Army sources said 45 Chinese soldiers were killed or injured in the brawl along Galwan River.

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