China and India - Further withdrawal from Himalayan border - Politics

The two nuclear powers China and India have begun withdrawing troops from another point on their disputed border in the Himalayas. This was the result of talks between military representatives from the two countries on Thursday, the Foreign Ministry said in Delhi. Next week, President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are also expected to meet at a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Uzbekistan, local media reports. Relations between the two most populous countries in the world are strained. In the summer of two years ago, there was a deadly incident on their border, in which soldiers from both sides attacked each other with stones, sticks and fists. It was the worst such incident in decades, with deaths on both sides. Both countries then reinforced their troops there. Meanwhile, talks have resulted in certain troop withdrawals. The two Asian rivals have different views of the border in the largely uninhabited mountains at 15,000 to 17,000 feet. Their dispute over the border had led to a brief war in the 1960s, which China won.

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