China, India talk after border clash

Chinese and Indian military commanders have met for the first time since a confrontation in the Himalayas that left at least 20 soldiers dead.

Both countries confirmed on Tuesday that they had met the previous day.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said "the two sides had a frank and in-depth exchange of views on the prominent issues in the current border control and agreed to take necessary measures to cool down the situation."

The Indian army said in a statement that "commander-level talks ... were held at Moldo in (a) cordial, positive and constructive atmosphere. There was mutual consensus to disengage."

Zhao denied apparent speculation by an Indian government minister that 40 Chinese troops had died in the June 15 clash.

"I can tell you responsibly that it is false information," he said at a daily briefing.

India has said that 20 of its soldiers died. China has not released any information on casualties on its side.