Meeting aims to end standoff in Himalayas

Indian and Chinese military commanders met Saturday to try to resolve a bitter standoff along their disputed frontier high in the Himalayas, where thousands of troops are mobilized. There were no immediate details available on Saturday’s meeting.

Both India and China have provided little official information on the standoff, but media in the two countries have closely covered the escalating tensions.

Indian officials say the standoff began in early May when large contingents of Chinese soldiers entered deep inside Indian-controlled territory at three places in Ladakh, erecting tents and posts. They said the Chinese soldiers ignored repeated verbal warnings to leave, triggering shouting matches, stone-throwing and fistfights.

India also mobilized thousands of soldiers.

Chinese and Indian soldiers also faced off along the frontier in India’s northeastern Sikkim state in early May.

China has sought to play down the confrontation while saying the two sides were communicating through both their front-line military units and their respective embassies to resolve issues.

— Associated Press

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— From news services