INTERNATIONAL

India-China Border Standoff

A joint statement issued by the Indian Defence Ministry says India and China have completed the pull-back of troops from part of their disputed Himalayan border.

According to the communiqué soldiers completed their withdrawal from the Pangong Lake area.

Clashes on the poorly marked border led to the deaths of 24 Indian troops last June.

Both sides say they will work to cut tensions on other parts of the border, or line of actual control.

China and India announced their intention to withdraw forces from the lake area on 11 February, and commanders met on Saturday to assess how the operation was going.

The statement acknowledged that other parts of the border remained tense and looked forward to continuing talks.