Ahead of Talks, China Claims Troops Have Disengaged at Most Sites

Border troops of China and India “have disengaged in most localities” following close communication via military and diplomatic channels, China’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday, 28 July.

June saw one of the deadliest clashes at the India-China border in Galwan valley, Ladakh in which 20 Indian Army personnel were killed. The Chinese side also suffered casualties but has not officially confirmed the details.

This news comes just four days after New Delhi announced that the two countries had agreed on “early and complete disengagement” along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh, The Indian Express reported.

The Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) last week on Friday said that they will hold more talks to ensure they “expeditiously” complete “disengagement and de-escalation” and restore peace and tranquillity, reported The Tribune. The two have been holding frequent discussions via diplomatic and military channels to ease the situation.

“As border troops have disengaged in most localities, the situation on the ground is deescalating and the temperature is coming down. Currently the two sides are actively preparing for the fifth round of commander-level talks to resolve outstanding issues on the ground. We hope the Indian side will work towards the same goal with China, implement the two sides’ consensus and jointly uphold peace and tranquility along the border,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin.

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