The Indian and Chinese defense ministers left for Moscow to meet on the border


Talks between the Indian and Chinese defense ministers are expected’ to take place in Moscow on Friday, with government officials saying they have the highest level of political contact since tensions erupted on their disputed mountainous border in May.

The Indian and Chinese defense ministers left for Moscow to meet on the border


The two sides had deployed additional troops along the western Himalayan border after a clash in June, during which 20 Indian soldiers were killed’ in hand-to-hand fighting.

Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh has been granted’ permission to meet his Chinese counterpart Wei Feng in Moscow, where the two are attending the SCO summit. The official added that the meeting had been requested by the Chinese.

"A green signal was then given for this meeting," the official said, adding that he could not be identified’ due to Indian service rules.

No word was received’ from China, but Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of China's state-sponsored Global Times, said on Twitter that a meeting between the defense ministers was expected.

Despite the brutality of the clash in June, both sides appeared to observe a protocol to avoid the use of firearms in the highlands. And while no further clashes have been reported’ since then, the situation on the border is still tense.

Military commanders and diplomats are in talks to end the standoff on the Line of Actual Control, or de facto border, but little progress has been, made.

Last weekend, Indian officials said border forces had stepped in to deter Chinese troops, whose move was aimed’ at capturing a hilltop that India had set up inside its territory. Considered.

"The situation is a bit tense with the LAC," Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane told Reuters during a border visit to the Ladakh region.

A US government source told Reuters in Washington that the US assessment was that neither China nor India was interested in taking the conflict to the point where they would go to war.

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