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Chinese, Indian Military Forces Pull Back Troops From Disputed Border Area Ahead of Possible Xi-Modi Meeting

File image of Indian soldiers standing next to Bofors guns positioned at Penga Teng Tso ahead of Tawang, near the Line of Actual Control (LAC), neighboring China, in India's Arunachal Pradesh state

After months of steadily deteriorating ties between India and China, a partial pullback by military forces from both countries high in the Himalayas is a welcome bit of good news. The move may also be a precursor to a possible meeting between President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Both militaries agreed to disengage at a key friction point along the disputed border known as the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Each side will pull back its troops and armor to create a new buffer zone that extends between two and four kilometers. 

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