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India and China start to disengage on border

India and China both stated on Monday July 6th that they are making progress in disengaging frontline troops after a months-long standoff along a disputed part of their border where a brawl in June left 20 Indian soldiers dead.

India’s national security advisor Ajit Doval and China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi, spoke by phone on Sunday about the issues along the border known as the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

“The representatives agreed that maintenance of peace and tranquility in the India-China border areas was essential for the further development of our bilateral relations and to complete the ongoing disengagement process along the LAC expeditiously,” the Indian foreign ministry said on Monday in a statement.

China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Zhao Lijian, also said that the two sides have made positive progress in disengaging frontline troops and easing the border situation with effective measures.

Both sides blamed each other for the June 15 clash in the remote river valley in the Karakoram mountains of Ladakh. Soldiers fought in hand-to-hand combat with fists and clubs. India has stated that 20 of its soldiers were killed, along with several Chinese soldiers. However, Chinese officials have still not confirmed any casualties.