India and China have begun pulling back their troops from the disputed Himalayan border in a major step towards resolving months-long standoff that has had deadly consequences.
After sustained talks, a “synchronized and organized disengagement” is underway, and 48 hrs after complete disengagement has taken place, senior commanders on both sides will meet to address any outstanding issues.
Tensions remain and both sides have claimed a climbdown by the other side. Be that as it may and allowing for national pride and state ego, it remains the case that focused leadership by both India and China has lowered tension, reduced confrontation and created conditions, in time, for further exchanges between the two countries.
History will pronounce on the border causes of the conflict but both sides will be pleased today that successful efforts have been made to reduce the tensions. Both countries have other priorities.