Indian Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishanka and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi issued a statement late Thursday agreeing to “disengage” on the nations’ mutual border after a tense summer marked by deadly military scuffles in the Himalayas.
The two nations last issued a similar statement a week before the deadliest clash between the two on their border in over half a century. China claims a significant percentage of Indian territory on its southwestern border, which it refers to as “South Tibet,” while India has been pushing troops into disputed terrain in the months following that clash, allegedly to prevent a similar incident.
The latest military exchange between the two occurred this week following an Indian military statement a week ago declaring that the Indian Army had prevented China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) from establishing a surveillance position in the Ladakh region, which borders occupied Tibet. That incident resulted in an