The defense ministers from India and China have met in the Russian capital as the two sides try to lower tensions along their disputed border in the eastern Ladakh region, where a June clash killed 20 Indian soldiers.
It was the first high-level direct contact between the two sides since the standoff erupted months ago in the Karakoram mountains. The foreign ministers and other officials of the two countries have been speaking over the phone since the standoff started in May.
The two nations fought a border war in 1962 that spilled into Ladakh and ended in an uneasy truce. Since then, troops have guarded the undefined border area, occasionally brawling. They have agreed not to attack each other with firearms.
Rival soldiers brawled in May and June with clubs, stones and their fists, leaving 20 Indian soldiers dead. China reported no casualties.
Last Update: Saturday, 05 September 2020 KSA 22:22 – GMT 19:22