India, China military officials hold ‘positive’ talks on troop pullback

India, China military officials hold ‘positive’ talks on troop pullback

Indian and Chinese military commanders held “positive, constructive” discussions on disengaging troops locked in a months-long stand-off at their disputed Himalayan border, the two sides said in a joint statement on Tuesday (Oct 13).

Diplomats and military officials have held several rounds of talks to pull back from the brink after a clash erupted between border troops in June in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed.

On Monday, senior commanders held a seventh round of talks at Chushul in the western Himalayas that went on for more than 10 hours, officials said.

“The two sides had a sincere, in-depth and constructive exchange of views on disengagement along the Line of Actual Control in the Western Sector of India-China border areas,” the statement released by the Indian government said.

“They were of the view that these discussions were positive, constructive and had enhanced understanding of each other’s positions,” the joint statement said.