India, China agree to ‘complete disengagement’ from deadly border flashpoint Jul 07, 2020 0 27 12345 AFPNew DelhiChinese troops were seen removing structures from a Himalayan valley where they fought a deadly battle with Indian soldiers last month, Indian army sources said Monday, after high-level talks between the nuclear-armed neighbours.Brutal hand-to-hand fighting in the Galwan Valley in Ladakh on June 15 left twenty Indian soldiers dead and sent tensions between the countries soaring. The two sides agreed on Sunday to “completely disengage” from the border flashpoint and ensure “a phased and stepwise de-escalation in the India-China border areas,” India’s foreign ministry said Monday. In a CCTV readout of the meeting, China’s representative Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Beijing would “effectively defend its territorial sovereignty, while maintaining peace in the border areas”.Earlier, an Indian army source told AFP that China’s People’s Liberation Army soldiers were seen removing tents and structures in the Galwan Valley, and military vehicles were being moved back.“Disengagement with the PLA has started as per agreed terms in the Corps Commanders’ meeting,” the source said, adding the Indian army was verifying how far back Chinese forces had withdrawn.Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters in Beijing on Monday that both sides had made “positive progress... to disengage frontline troops and ease the border situation”.“We hope that the Indian side will go with the Chinese side to implement the consensus reached by both sides with practical actions,” Zhao added. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES With 700,000 virus cases, India is 3rd worst-hit in world Jul 07, 2020 0 470 Duterte’s anti-terrorism law challenged in Philippines’ top court Jul 07, 2020 0 342 World must support Hong Kong, says activist Wong at court hearing Jul 07, 2020 0 37 Over one million told to evacuate in Japan after heavy rain kills 44 DPA Tokyo The death toll from floods and landslides caused by torrential rains on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu climbed to 44 on Monday, while a heavy rain emergency warning forced local authorities to issue .. Philippines raises alarm over spike after COVID-19 lockdown easing DPA Manila Philippine authorities on Monday expressed alarm over a spike in the number of coronavirus infections in the country and urged the public to strictly follow preventive protocols. “We are alarmed because the .. Nepal makes wearing a face mask mandatory in public places DPA Kathmandu Nepal’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) made wearing face masks in public places mandatory on Monday, with provisions for legal action against those defying the public health and safety rules. Umakanta .. Hundreds of drones light up Seoul sky with virus messages Seoul Hundreds of drones lit up the night sky in Seoul for a spectacular showcase of motivational and awareness messages as the world battles the coronavirus pandemic. Three hundred unmanned aerial vehicles were .. Border closure as Melbourne sees sharp spike in virus cases DPA Canberra The internal border between Australia’s two most populous states, Victoria and New South Wales (NSW), will close after Covid-19 cases have spiked in Victorian capital city Melbourne, state Premiers .. China says US has ‘ulterior motives’ in South China Sea Beijing China said the United States had “ulterior motives” for dispatching two aircraft carriers to the South China Sea, in the latest show of military might between the two countries. Chinese Foreign Ministry ..