India, China border stand off ends

  • Sutirtho Patranobis and Jayanth Jacob, Hindustan Times, Beijing/New Delhi
  • Updated: Oct 01, 2014 09:37 IST

The border standoff between India and China ended on Tuesday with both Beijing and New Delhi announcing a withdrawal of troops from the disputed area.

A meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC) will be convened in India on 16-17 October 2014 to discuss various issues pertaining to the maintenance of peace and tranquillity in the border areas. This mechanism consists of officials from external affairs ministry, home ministry, Indian army and Indo-Tibetan border police and their Chinese counterparts.

The announcement from Beijing came late on Tuesday night, hours before China was to go on a week-long break — its annual National Day holidays.

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The statement was put out by Xinhua, China’s official news agency, and it spoke for India as well. The release from the external affairs ministry came around the same time.

“As per understanding reached between India and China, the two sides have carried out disengagement and redeployment of border troops in Chumar and Demchok areas in Eastern Ladakh on September 26-27, 2014 to restore the status quo ante as on September 1, 2014”, external affairs ministry said.

“China and India have completed the withdrawal of troops from a standoff at the border on Tuesday,” Xinhua said, quoting the foreign ministry of China.

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The announcement also came while Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in the United States on an official visit and sundry reports have swirled about India-China-US relations. External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj had met her Chinese counterpart on the sidelines of the UNGA after which she had announced the border standoff being sorted out.

A meeting of the Border Commanders at Spanggur Gap held this afternoon confirmed that the standoff between the border troops of two sides in Chumar and Demchok areas has been successfully terminated.

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