Indian, Chinese troops complete disengagement at most locations of border, claims Beijing

Indian, Chinese troops complete disengagement at most locations of border, claims Beijing

Indian officials say Chinese troops have intruded on to its side in the remote western region, while China says it has not breached the disputed border and has asked India to restrain its frontline troops.

This week, the United States and Australia signed a new "statement of principles" to expand defence ties and ramp up cooperation on the back of the growing threat of a rising China, as a part of the annual Australia-United States Ministerial Consultation (AUSMIN) talks. "We expect that Chinese side will sincerely work with us for complete disengagement and de-escalation", Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said.

"Over the past decades, the two sides have managed differences through dialogue and negotiation, established various mechanisms such as the special representatives' meeting on the boundary question, reached a series of agreements to maintain peace and tranquility in the border areas, and kept the channels of military and diplomatic communication open".

"The front-line frontier defense forces of the two countries have disengaged in most locations, and the current situation continues to develop in the direction of easing and cooling", Wang claimed.

"As we have stated earlier, the maintenance of peace and tranquility in the border areas is the basis of our bilateral relationship", Srivastava said.

"This is a situation that no one wants to see", he said.

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China's military has recently completed a jet bomber drill over the South China Sea, the defence ministry said on Thursday (July 30).

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said the country hopes to set up a travel link with China as soon as possible, so that businesses roiled by the pandemic could get a boost.

First, he said, "China is not a strategic threat to India" while stressing that Beijing is committed to peaceful development. "The situation on the ground is de-escalating and the temperature is coming down".

However, people familiar with the development said the disengagement process has not moved forward as expected following the last round of marathon Corps Commander-level talks on July 14.

After the June 15 clash at Ladakh's Galwan Valley, in which 20 Indian soldiers died in action and more than 70 were injured, there has been an economic backlash involving calls to boycott Chinese products and Chinese firms. Though the Chinese side also suffered casualties, they did not reveal any details. As per U.S. intelligence reports, the Chinese Army suffered 35 casualties.

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