India, China troops withdraw from disputed border, New Delhi says

The statement was released ahead of a meeting in Uzbekistan, which will be attended by Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

India said the withdrawal was being conducted in a coordinated and planned manner and was intended to maintain peace on the border.

“Eye-to-eye contact is over,” said an Indian defense official, referring to the latest agreement, but the two countries still have thousands of soldiers lined up along their de facto border, known as the border. there is actual control line (rack).

“The army has been released. They have not been dismissed.”

“This is the first step towards a more peaceful LAC,” said the source, who declined to be named because he is not authorized to speak to the media.

The Chinese Embassy in New Delhi did not immediately respond to calls and emails.

India and China Their military had previously adhered to long-standing protocols to avoid the use of firearms on the frontier.

There have been 16 meetings between senior military commanders from both countries since June 2020, when Indian and Chinese forces clashed in the Galwan region of Ladakh.

At least 20 Indian and 4 Chinese soldiers were killed. hand-to-hand combatleading to a sharp escalation of tensions between the Asian giants.

India then moved about 50,000 troops along the disputed areas of Ladakh to coincide with China’s deployment. Some of them were placed at altitudes above her 15,000 feet (4,572 meters), where the lack of oxygen and freezing winter temperatures can be life-threatening.

Chinese forces demolished dozens of structures on the shores of Lake Pangongtso in Ladakh in February 2021, moving vehicles and emptying entire camps. This was part of an agreement to bring back soldiers from both countries, some of which were stationed in close proximity. each other.


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