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India and China agree to de-escalate border tensions after Moscow meeting

Baku, September 12, AZERTAC

China and India have agreed to de-escalate renewed tensions on their contested Himalayan border and take steps to restore "peace and tranquillity" following a high-level diplomatic meeting, according to ABC News.

Chinese state councillor Wang Yi and Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar met in Moscow and reached a five-point consensus, including agreements the current border situation is not in their interests and that troops from both sides should quickly disengage and ease tensions, the two countries said in a joint statement.

The consensus, struck on the sidelines of a Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meeting, came after a clash in the border area in the western Himalayas earlier this week.

China and India accused each other of firing into the air during the confrontation, a violation of long-held protocol not to use firearms on the sensitive frontier.

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