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In a meeting held on Tuesday between Commander Lieutenant General Harinder Singh and China’s Major Liu Lin, the two countries came to a preliminary agreement to de-escalate troops in the contested region of Ladakh. Earlier in June, a border fight broke out between Indian and Chinese troops in Galwan region which led to 15 deaths of Indian Army soldiers. Since the incident, the diplomats of both countries met and held several rounds of talks regarding the border.

In a fresh round of talks held on Tuesday with the highest level of army officials of both armies, the countries were only able to come to truce agreeing that both armies will start to remove troops in Ladakh area. According to government sources, it will take no less than a year before the troops of India and China were removed completely. Currently, Indian and Chinese armies have positioned more than 50,000 troops and a massive group of armed vehicles, missiles, tankers and howitzers.

The People Liberation Army of China aired their concerns over Indian soldiers occupying strategic spots which will allow them to observe key movements of the Chinese army in Pangong Tso, Spanggur Gap, Magar Hill, Mukhpari, Reqin La and Rezin La.

Both countries hope to another level of deliberations as soon as possible to further discuss the issues.

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