- Title: India, China committed to complete disengagement, says foreign ministry
- Date: 16th July 2020
- Summary: LADAKH, INDIA (FILE - JULY 04, 2020) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) RUSSIAN-ORIGIN SU-30MKI FIGHTER AIRCRAFT OF THE INDIAN AIR FORCE FLYING RUSSIAN-ORIGIN MIG-29 FIGHTER AIRCRAFT OF THE INDIAN AIR FORCE LANDING AMERICAN-ORIGIN AH-64 APACHE ATTACK HELICOPTER OF THE INDIAN AIR FORCE LANDING MIG-29 LANDING AIRCRAFT FLYING
- Embargoed: 30th July 2020 16:15
- Keywords: China India Ladakh Leh South China Sea border tensions disengagement
- Location: NEW DELHI/LADAKH, INDIA/SOUTH CHINA SEA
- City: NEW DELHI/LADAKH, INDIA/SOUTH CHINA SEA
- Country: India
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA004CN26FYN
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- Story Text:India and China are committed to complete disengagement and restoration of peace at the border, said Indian foreign ministry on Thursday (July 16).
"The two sides remain committed to the objective of complete disengagement and full restoration of peace and tranquility in the India-China border areas. The two sides will continue their diplomatic and military engagements to achieve these outcomes," said spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs, Anurag Srivastava in a virtual address in New Delhi.
India says Chinese troops have breached the Line of Actual Control, the poorly defined border in the western Himalayas, and set up defence structures. China says it is operating on its side of the de facto border.
Last month, a clash erupted in the high altitude Galwan Valley in the Ladakh region in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed and China took an unspecified number of casualties, prompting top-level diplomatic and military talks to defuse the crisis.
China has since thinned out from the Galwan Valley and on Tuesday top military commanders on both sides discussed the next steps in the pullback, the Indian army said.
"The disengagement process currently underway in the western sector is specifically aimed at addressing face-off situations and close-up deployments of troops along the LAC (Line of Actual Control). It is based on an understanding between senior military commanders. Both sides have agreed at specific points to re-deploy towards their regular posts on their respective sides of the LAC," Srivastava added.
China's foreign ministry said on Wednesday (July 15) there had been progress in defusing the border crisis and urged the Indian side to maintain peace.
China has previously blamed frontline Indian troops for provoking the June 15 clash, the most serious in 53 years.
India and China have not been able to agree on their 3,488-km -long border that runs from the snow deserts of Ladakh in the western sector to thick forest and mountains in the east, despite several rounds of talks over the years.
The two sides are trying to resolve the standoff in other parts of Ladakh, including Pangong Tso lake and Hot Springs, officials say. Once that happens, the two armies can start to thin out forces they had inducted into the region following the rise in tensions.
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