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China and India agreed to continue their dialogue and "quickly disengage" from a tense border standoff during a meeting of the countries' foreign ministers in Russia, according to a joint statement, Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) reported late on September 11, 2020.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and India's top diplomat, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, agreed that the current situation on the border is not in the interest of either side, according to the statement issued after a meeting Thursday at the sidelines of a regional defense forum in Moscow. The border troops of both sides should continue their dialogue, quickly disengage, maintain proper distance and ease tensions, the agreement stressed.

India and China have a lengthy, disputed Himalayan border that has led to several small clashes between their troops in the past decades and a war in 1962 that China won. The recent escalation of tensions since May in eastern Ladakh region has been the worst in four decades, with casualties and the use of firearms.

The meeting came three days after China accused Indian troops of crossing the de facto border known as the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh and firing warning shots, thus breaking an agreement barring the use of firearms. India rejected the allegations and accused Chinese soldiers of firing in the air. India and China have differing perceptions of what constitutes the Line of Actual Control that runs through disputed territory on their ill-defined 3,500-kilometer border largely through inhospitable high mountain terrain.

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