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India, China Defense Ministers Agree to Defuse Border Tensions

Indian army convoy on a highway bordering China, on Sept. 2.

Indian army convoy on a highway bordering China, on Sept. 2.

Photographer: Yawar Nazir/Getty Images

Defense ministers from India and China agreed to defuse tensions after the latest clash on their Himalayan border revived a conflict that had been largely dormant since June.

India’s Rajnath Singh and his Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe held “frank and in-depth discussions” in Moscow on Friday about developments on the border and on bilateral relations, according to a statement from India’s Ministry of Defence. While the statement said that they agreed to ease tensions, both sides blamed the other for the fresh conflict.