India, China pulling troops back from border flash point

India and China have begun pulling back troops from a disputed border area in the western Himalayas, in a move to ease tensions between the two neighbors.

India's Defence Ministry released a statement on Thursday saying the disengagement was taking place "in a coordinated and planned way," and would help achieve "peace and tranquility" on the border.
The Chinese defense ministry also issued a statement on Friday.

The disengagement is part of efforts to defuse a tense situation in the Ladakh region. In 2020, the two countries' militaries became locked in a bitter standoff, resulting in dozens of casualties.

The move comes ahead of a meeting in Uzbekistan next week, which both Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping are expected to attend.

But tensions are still running high at other flash points along the border.