India on Sunday announced that it had completed its “separation” of troops along with China from the disputed part of the border between the two countries in the Himalayas.
The last confrontation between Chinese and Indian troops in the area began in June 2020 and left two dead: 20 on the Indian side according to New Delhi and four on the Chinese side according to Beijing.
This high-profile incident on the border of Tibet and the Indian state of Ladakh was the most intense between the two Asian giants and the nuclear powers since the 1962 Lightning War, which easily won China Day. India.
The Line of Actual Control (LIC), the actual border between India and China, has not been clearly identified and the two countries have accused each other of encroaching on Chinese territory.
Beijing and New Delhi sent tens of thousands of additional troops and heavy weapons to the region following the June clashes.
However, the two countries reached an agreement in early February, after nine rounds of talks, to “separate” forces from each other in one of the disputed areas on the border.
At a tenth round of talks on Saturday, the Indian defense ministry said on Sunday, citing a joint statement with Beijing, “both sides are satisfied that the separation of their frontline troops in the Pangong Lake area has ended without any problems.” .
The statement said that this was “an important step forward” and that “both parties agreed to continue their talks and exchange of information (…), to stabilize the situation on the ground and to resolve the remaining issues in a mutually acceptable manner.”
India and China share a 3,500-kilometer border, the rest of which is litigated, especially in Ladakh.