India and China say military talks on border dispute "positive"

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An Indian Air Force's Apache helicopter is seen in the Ladakh region

BENGALURU (Reuters) - India and China said on Monday that the ninth round of talks between military commanders to resolve a months-long border confrontation in the Himalayan region of Ladakh had been "positive, practical and constructive."

"The two sides agreed to push for an early disengagement of the frontline troops," a joint statement issued by India's defence ministry said.

The nuclear-armed neighbours deployed thousands of troops in the remote snow deserts of Ladakh last summer when tensions flared after 20 Indian soldiers were killed in hand-to-hand combat. The Chinese suffered an undisclosed number of casualties.

(Reporting by Devjyot Ghoshal; Editing by Toby Chopra)