China, India agree to disengage at disputed border
The nuclear-armed neighbours accused each other this week of firing shots across the flashpoint border -- intensifying a months-long standoff that has already claimed at least 20 lives.
Tens of thousands of troops from both sides have been deployed to the border, which sits at an altitude of more than 4,000 metres (13,500 feet).
After a meeting Thursday between Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar in Moscow, a joint statement said the two sides had agreed to de-escalate.
The two also agreed to "avoid actions that may escalate the situation".
The frontier between the two countries has never been properly demarcated.
The countries fought a brief border war in 1962, but officially no shots have been fired in the area since 1975 when four Indian troops were killed in an ambush.