CHINA China, India hold military talks, agree to take necessary measures to de-escalate tensions

CHINA

China, India hold military talks, agree to take necessary measures to de-escalate tensions

CGTN

18:28, June 23, 2020

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Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian on Tuesday confirmed that Chinese and Indian military commanders held a second meeting on June 22, the first after the Galwan Valley region incident on June 15.

The meeting shows that China and India are willing to resolve differences, handle the situation and de-escalate tension through dialogue and consultation, Zhao said at a press briefing.

"At the recent meeting, both sides exchanged frank and in-depth views on issues related to current border control. And both sides agreed to take necessary measures to ease the situation. The two sides also agreed to maintain communication and work together to promote peace in the area," Zhao said. 

The first meeting took place on June 6. 

China and India also agreed to maintain communication and work together to promote peace in the border areas, Zhao said.

Asked to comment on recent reports of 40 Chinese casualties in the conflict, Zhao described it as "fake news."

"I can assure you it is fake news," said the spokesperson.

An Indian government minister said on Sunday that China had lost at least 40 soldiers in the clash. 

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