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China ready to take conciliatory steps to de-escalate tensions at LAC: Foreign minister Wang

IndiaTimes Friday, 11 September 2020 ()
China is ready to take "conciliatory steps" in order to avoid new violations of the obligations on India-Chinese border, said Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Friday, a day after holding a crucial meeting with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar over the current standoff in Ladakh.
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China and India said on Friday they had agreed to de-escalate renewed tensions on their contested Himalayan border and take steps to restore "peace and tranquility" following a high-level diplomatic meeting in Moscow. Emer Mccarthy reports.

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