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China begins pulling back troops near site of India border clash, Indian sources say

By Sanjeev Miglani and Huizhong Wu

 

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FILE PHOTO: An Indian Army convoy moves along a highway leading to Ladakh, at Gagangeer in Kashmir's Ganderbal district June 18, 2020. REUTERS/Danish Ismail/File Photo

 

NEW DELHI/BEIJING (Reuters) - China began pulling back troops from along its contested border with India on Monday, Indian government sources said, following a clash between the two countries last month in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed.

 

Troops fought for hours with rods and clubs on the night of June 15, with some falling to their deaths in the freezing waters of the Galwan river in the western Himalayas.

 

China has yet to confirm whether it suffered casualties. The Indian deaths are the highest along the border in more than five decades, a dramatic escalation that led to weeks of talks between senior military officials on how to ease tensions.

 

On Monday the Chinese military was seen dismantling tents and structures at a site in the Galwan valley near to where the latest clash took place, said the Indian government sources, who declined to be identified as they are not authorised to speak to the media.

 

Vehicles were seen withdrawing from the area, as well as at Hotsprings and Gogra - two other contested border zones - the sources said.

 

India's national security advisor Ajit Doval and Wang Yi, one of China's top diplomats, had "a frank and in-depth exchange of views" on Sunday regarding the border, according to briefing notes by both countries released on Monday.

 

Both sides said they had agreed to a significant disengagement of troops. India's note also said both sides had agreed to respect the existing Line of Actual Control (LAC) reflecting positions along the contested section of border. This reference was not included in Beijing's note on the meeting.

 

In response to a question on whether China had moved back equipment in the Galwan valley, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said both sides were "taking effective measures to disengage and ease the situation on the border".

 

"We hope India will meet China halfway and take concrete measures to carry out what both sides agreed to, continue to closely communicate through diplomatic and military channels, and work together to cool down the situation at the border," Zhao told a news conference on Monday.

 

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You would think that a river at the  bottom of a  gorge  would be a reasonably  clear  border point.

But so often vague decisions  made by someone  with a map and a  ruler  stuffs up logic.

Not so different to the  border dispute  between Thailand and  Cambodia  where in defiance of  logic a  border  leaps  up a cliff  to allocate a piece of  territory  containing a Temple built  by  a long  gone  culture  and that is decided  by  distant lawyers !

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Like an Italian tank.  1 forward gear and 3 reverse gears.

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Not quite WW IV but, I must say, it reminds me of that Enstein meme.

Albert Einstein

“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones"

 

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scramble the F15's and some Apache choppers ..... bomb them on the way out. 

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On 7/7/2020 at 11:24 AM, chilli42 said:

Chinese are not ready to be seen as belligerents in the region.  They have not built their belt road/transportation and have not yet locked up the financial resources of governments.  I am sure they are pulling out with a hearty “see you soon” to the Indians.  That day will come to pass soon enough.

 

Indeed. China has bigger fish to fry at the moment. They always play the long game.

 

India will go back to squabbling with Pakistan.

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On 7/7/2020 at 7:38 AM, car720 said:

Like an Italian tank.  1 forward gear and 3 reverse gears.

Painted  white also🤣

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Win-win for the leaders of both countries and their individual nationalist movements.

I think it was a bunch of bored guys guarding a remote border.  They probably traded stuff all the time, I could see the Chinese trading booze for whatever.  That night they all got a little drunk and stupid and . . .

 

 

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