China and India agree to reduce heat tension in Ladakh
China and India agreed to reduce tension in the Ladakh area, a week after a face-off that left 20 Indian soldiers dead and more than 70 injured.
Chinese forces reportedly fought with fists, clubs and rocks, it was the first time troops have been killed on their border since 1975 and marked a major deterioration in ties between the two Asian giants.
Zhao Lijian – spokesman to Chinese foreign ministry said in his statement that after negotiations between the top regional military commanders on Monday, both sides “agreed to take necessary measures to promote a cooling of the situation”.
The Press Trust of India said the meeting was between Lieutenant General Harinder Singh, commander of the 14 Corps, and Major General Liu Lin, commander of the Tibet Military District.
“The holding of this meeting shows that both sides want to deal with their disagreement, manage the situation and de-escalate the situation through dialogue and consultations,” Zhao told a regular news conference.
The two sides “exchanged frank and in-depth views” and “agreed to maintain dialogue and jointly committed to promoting peace and tranquility in the border areas”, Zhao added.
Meanwhile, New Delhi didn’t make any official comment yet but an Indian army source said that after the meeting, reportedly lasting almost 11 hours, that there was a “mutual consensus to disengage”.
He added that ways to reduce frictions in the Ladakh region opposite Tibet “were discussed and will be taken forward by both the sides”.
The June 15 violence took place around 4,500 metres (15,000 feet) above sea level in the Galwan valley, where both sides accuse each other of encroaching on their respective territory.