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India and China begin troop pullback from disputed Himalayan border

New Delhi's defense minister confirms deal months after deadly clash

Indian soldiers disembark from a military transport plane at a forward airbase in Leh, in the Ladakh region, September 15, 2020.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- India and China have begun pulling their troops back from their disputed Himalayan border, in a major step toward resolving a months-long standoff that has had deadly consequences.

Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday confirmed that the two sides were withdrawing their forces from Pangong Lake in eastern Ladakh. His report to the upper house of parliament came a day after China said frontline troops from the two countries had started a "synchronized and organized disengagement."

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