China, India fail to ease border tensions

Chinese and Indian military officials met on Sunday in a bid to ease tensions along their disputed border, but failed to overcome their differences.

Tensions remain elevated due to a series of sporadic clashes in areas along the border between the countries, which is also known as the Line of Actual Control, or LAC.

Both sides suffered casualties in a clash that occurred in the frontier region of Ladakh in June of last year.

The countries withdrew their troops from the disputed area in February of this year, and have since been engaged in talks to defuse the situation. But the talks between their military commanders on Sunday ended in a stalemate.

The Chinese side said it showed sincerity, but that the Indian side insisted on unreasonable and unrealistic demands, adding difficulties to the negotiations.

The Indian side said the situation along the LAC was a result of China's attempts to unilaterally change the status quo, and that this is a violation of bilateral agreements.

Indian media outlets reported that Chinese and Indian troops recently came face-to-face in northeastern India. The Chinese side said its personnel were unreasonably obstructed when carrying out a regular patrol.

During a meeting last month, the countries' foreign ministers shared the view that progress was being made in bilateral talks. But it remains to be seen how both countries will try to resolve the issue.