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India, China agree to mutually disengage further at Gogra, Hot Spring & Depsang

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New Delhi: India and China have agreed to push for a mutually acceptable resolution of the remaining issues, including friction points at Gogra, Hot Springs and Depsang in a steady and orderly manner after the 10th round of military talks at Moldo on the Chinese side on February 20.

In a joint effort to maintain peace and tranquillity in the border areas, the Corps Commanders of India and China had candidly and in-depth exchanged their views on other issues along the LAC in the eastern sector.

“The two sides positively appraised the smooth completion of disengagement of frontline troops in the Pangong Lake area noting that it was a significant step forward that provided a good basis for resolution of other remaining issues along the LAC in the eastern sector,” the India-China joint statement issued on Sunday said.

The two sides also agreed to continue their communication and dialogue, stabilize and control the situation on the ground, push for a mutually acceptable resolution of the remaining issues in a steady and orderly manner, to maintain peace and tranquillity in the border areas, the statement further said.

The 10th round of military talks followed after the two forces completed their disengagement process at Pangong Tso areas on Thursday.

India and China were locked-into border standoff since over nine months at several locations in the eastern Ladakh. The standoff had even led to violent brawl in the Galwan Valley on June 15, where 20 Indian troops were killed in the action with Chinese soldiers.

Two day ahead of the 10th round of military talks, China had announced that four of their soldiers were killed in the Galwan Valley. It took around eight months to declare the names of killed soldiers. The development came days after a Russian wire agency reported that 45 Chinese soldiers were killed in clash with Indian troops.

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