By Huizhong Wu
Indian protesters burn Chinese flags and shout anti-Chinese slogans in New Dehli last week.
After over two weeks of tension and sabre-rattling in India’s Ladakh region in northern Kashmir, Chinese and Indian troops have both withdrawn from the disputed area, the Hindustan Times reports.
Both sides had set up temporary tents at the spot in Daulat Beg Oldi in Ladakh, with the Indian troops about 300 meters away from the Chinese. No one is exactly sure what inspired the sudden incursion by Chinese troops across the demarcation line.
The withdrawal comes after weeks of heavy diplomatic negotiations between the two countries.
Chinese troops first went into the region on April 15. They set up camp around 19 kilometers away from the Line Of Actual Control – the effective border between China and India.
According to a survey done by the Times of India, China had crossed the Line of Actual Control over 500 times from 2010- 2012.
India’s external affairs minister Salman Khurshid, who is due to visit China on May 9, said to the Hindustan Times that India would like a “much better response” from China, and emphasized that it wanted reversal of the “adverse incident” in Ladakh.
It is unclear at this point whether China has moved back past the Line of Actual Control.