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India, China 'Minor Face-Off' in Sikkim, resolved by officers: Indian Army

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India, China 'Minor Face-Off' in Sikkim, resolved by officers: Indian Army

The eighth and last round of the talks had taken place on November 6 during which both sides broadly discussed disengagement of troops from specific friction points.

Since a deadly clash previous year, soldiers from the two sides have brawled occasionally and fired shots for the first time in decades, breaking a longstanding agreement not to use firearms during border confrontations.

On June 15, 2020, India lost 20 soldiers during a violent clash at Galwan Valley with Chinese People's Liberation Army soldiers.

It is to be noted that this latest clash happened in the Sikkim sector where the border line is not disputed. Tensions in the area flared previous year after a clash between groups of Indian and Chinese troops left at least 20 soldiers dead in June.

The talks were held on the Chinese side of the boundary point known as the Chushul-Moldo Border Personnel Meeting point, and are said to have lasted into the evening.

In a joint statement issued after the last round of talks, the two countries agreed to implement the "important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries, ensure their frontline troops exercise restraint and avoid misunderstanding and miscalculation".

A Chinese patrol tried to cross into Indian territory and was forced back, the officials said. India's position is that it was China which first moved its troops at the LAC and China will have to be the first to withdraw from these positions.

"I would like to stress, though, that's China's border troops are committed to upholding peace and tranquility along the border with India", Zhao said. The source added that the "situation is under control" at the border after the brawl. Despite several levels of dialogue, there has not been any breakthrough and the deadlock continues. The ninth round of them took place between military commanders on Sunday in eastern Ladakh but there have been no details of any agreements. In addition to the Indian deaths, China also reportedly suffered casualties although it made no official comment. In Sikkim, there has been a conflict between the Army of India and China.

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