India, China agree to pull troops from border area — Analysis

After more than 12 rounds of negotiations between New Delhi, Beijing and Beijing, the disengagement comes after a total of twelve talks

India and China have agreed to withdraw soldiers stationed along a border friction point near India’s Ladakh region, deescalating a military standoff which has erupted into violent clashes on several occasions since May 2020. 

Both sides made similar statements Thursday to announce the agreement. This will result in Indian and Chinese forces withdrawing from the Chang Chenmo River Valley border.

“On September 8, according to the consensus reached in the 16th round of commander-level talks between China and India, the front-line troops of the Chinese and Indian militaries in Ganandaban began to disengage in a planned manner,”According to the Chinese Defense Ministry, the Chinese Defense Ministry added that it was a major step in the defense of China. “conducive to maintaining peace and tranquility in the border areas.”

New Delhi also said the decision would help to promote “peace and tranquility” in the region, echoing Beijing’s statement. 

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Following a lengthy territorial dispute between the two countries, a number of border skirmishes broke out and led to their withdrawal. Some clashes saw brawls among the sides, resulting in casualties including the deaths of both Indian and Chinese soldiers.

Local media cited Indian officials as stating that there were some “friction points”There are still areas along the border including Depsang and Demchok, but New Delhi will continue to push China to leave these regions.

Tensions began to increase in the region bordering India’s sparsely populated territory in 2020 when New Delhi accuses Chinese troops of invading Indian-claimed territories. Beijing denied the charges but blamed India instead for the rise in hostilities. This has left the two countries locked in conflict ever since.

India and China previously fought a war over the disputed region in 1962, but failed to agree on a clearly defined border afterward, prompting intermittent controversies over the years, though 2020’s clashes were the deadliest in decades.

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