China-India Conflict

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China and India pledge to de-escalate Himalayan border standoff
India's Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and China's State Councillor Wang Yi
India's Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and China's State Councillor Wang Yi Credit: Russian Foreign Ministry (Public Domain)

The foreign ministers of China and India announced an agreement to ease tensions after recent clashes on their contested Himalayan border.

Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi and Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar met in Moscow on Thursday and issued a five-point statement aimed at ending a simmering confrontation.

Wang Yi said, "it is normal for China and India to have some differences as two neighbouring powers, but to put the differences in the proper place in bilateral relations."

S. Jaishankar stated "India does not want to see an escalation of tension in the border areas between India and China. India’s China policy has not changed, and I believe China has not changed either."

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Ladakh stand-off eases as China completes troop withdrawal from three areas
Ladakh stand-off eases as China completes troop withdrawal from three areas
Credit: United States Central Intelligence Agency (Public Domain)

China has completed the withdrawal of troops from three sites in the Ladakh area after the agreement from both sites to disengage from the stand-off. Both sides had previously agreed to disengage their troops from the Line of Actual Control with the goal of "full restoration" of peace in the border areas.

The Indian Ministry of External Affairs "They also agreed that for the overall development of bilateral relations it was essential to maintain enduring "peace and tranquillity in the border areas".

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China - India standoff at Line of Actual control, both sides in "disengagement" phase

The Indian and Chinese sides have agreed on a de-escalation at the Line of Actual control standoff situation in Galwan Valley. Indian National Security Advisor and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi have agreed on disengagement in the areas in order to reduce the tensions. India has confirmed that the Chineses side has removed tents and moved vehicles as well as troops multiple kilometers out of the agreed disengagement areas. Both sides are said to gradually move back around three kilometers.

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Satellite data: Construction work from Chinese and Indian side as military standoff continues

Satellite images indicate that construction work is underway on both the Indian and on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control, the disputed area along the Galwan River Valley. Both sides have previously publically stated through their diplomats that they had agreed to disengage from a standoff. According to experts, the Indian side apparently has built a wall and the Chinese side has expanded an outpost camp that is connected to additional military bases deeper into Chinese territory.

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China has deployed 20,000 troops to disputed region facing India

The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) has deployed over 20,000 troops to the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the disputed region between India and China after conflicts are tensing. The Times of India has reported on the movement of additional forces, saying that Chinese troops are able to reach the Indian front in 48 hours time using high mobility vehicles and weaponry. According to Asian News International an Indian government source has stated that "The Chinese Army has deployed around two divisions worth of troops (around 20,000) along the LAC in the Eastern Ladakh sector. There is another division (10,000 troops) which has been stationed by it in the Northern Xinjiang province almost a 1,000 kilometres from the front but they can be mobilised to reach our frontiers in maximum 48 hours time due to the flat terrain on the Chinese side".