China and India meet for the 15th round of border dispute talks

China and India meet for the 15th round of border dispute talks
FILE PHOTO: China’s State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi attends a news conference following his meeting with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Athens, Greece, October 27, 2021. REUTERS/Louiza Vradi

China and India have been arguing about a Himalayan border between them for a long time now. But since March 2020, tensions surrounding that dispute have gotten worse. At least 20 Indian soldiers and four Chinese soldiers have been killed so far, and both militaries have been moving troops and weapons near the border.

The border is pretty hard to draw anyway since a lot of it goes through the Himalayan mountains. And what ends up happening is that sometimes people (or now, soldiers) accidentally cross the border, further escalating things without meaning to.

Recently, the two countries decided (for the 15th time now) to sit down and talk about how they could solve it like big boys. This meeting didn’t end with any progress on the actual dispute, but the two countries released a joint statement afterward.

Key comment:

A diplomatic resolution “would help restore peace and tranquility” and “facilitate progress in bilateral relations,” said the statement. “They agreed to maintain dialogue via military and diplomatic channels to reach a mutually acceptable resolution of the remaining issues at the earliest,” read the statement.

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