The US has reported that it closely monitors news of the disengagement of troops between India and China and continues to monitor the situation.
The State Department’s remarks on Monday came as the Indian and Chinese armies began disengaging troops locked in an eight-month-long standoff in eastern Ladakh.
A mutual agreement has been reached between the two countries on the disengagement of troops from the most controversial areas of North and South Pangong Lake.
At his daily news conference, State Department spokesman Ned Price informed reporters.
“We will, of course, continue to monitor the situation closely as both sides work towards a peaceful resolution,” he answered questions regarding news of the disengagement of Indian and Chinese soldiers from the Pangong lake region of Ladakh.
On May 5, after a violent clash in the Pangong lake areas, the border standoff between the Indian and Chinese military exploded and both sides steadily increased their deployment by rushing in tens of thousands of soldiers as well as heavy weapons, even as the two sides continued military and diplomatic talks.
On 20 February, military commanders of both armies held the 10th round of talks at the Moldo/Chushul border meeting point on the Chinese side.
At the end of a long round of talks, a joint statement released said the two sides positively assessed the smooth completion of the disengagement of frontline troops in the Pangong Lake district, noting that it was a big step forward that provided a strong basis for solving other remaining issues along the Western Sector Line of Actual Control (LAC).
“We’re continuing to monitor the situation. We certainly welcome the reports of de-escalation and we’re closely following those initial reports of troop disengagement,” Price said.
The 3,488-km-long LAC encompasses the India-China border conflict. As part of southern Tibet, China claims Arunachal Pradesh, while India contests it.