China, India military talks over disputed border ‘positive’: Defense ministry

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India and China said on Monday that the ninth round of talks between military commanders to resolve a months-long border confrontation in the Himalayan region of Ladakh had been “positive, practical and constructive.”

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“The two sides agreed to push for an early disengagement of the frontline troops,” a joint statement issued by India’s defense ministry said.

The nuclear-armed neighbors deployed thousands of troops in the remote snow deserts of Ladakh last summer when tensions flared after 20 Indian soldiers were killed in hand-to-hand combat. The Chinese suffered an undisclosed number of casualties.

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