China and India 'pull back troops' in bid to ease border tensions

by Abel Hampton August 29, 2017, 0:45
China and India 'pull back troops' in bid to ease border tensions

China and India have reached an agreement to "disengage" and withdraw troops from Doklam in the Himalayas, which had become a potential flashpoint between the two giant Asian powers.

China's foreign ministry confirmed at a regular press conference on Monday the Indian side had withdrawn staff and equipment from the area.

"In recent weeks, India and China have maintained diplomatic communication in respect of the incident at Doklam". While Prime Minister Narendra Modi had “cordial talks” with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the G-20 summit in July, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval also had a meeting with the Chinese President to discuss the issues.

Ending the bitter standoff of 70-days over Doklam, India and China on 28 August 2017 agreed to withdraw their troops from the border region.

Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said that Chinese border troops will "continue to patrol in Donglong", which India refers to as Doklam, in the Sikkim sector.

Doklam offers a narrow corridor that links mainland India with its remote northeastern states.

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"Chinese troops continue to patrol on the Chinese side of the boundary", she said. China did not comment on whether it will renew efforts to construct the road.

20 June: Bhutan, through its embassy in New Delhi, formally protests the Chinese road construction in Doklam plateau.

It is pertinent to mention here that all embassies wanted to brief India on which way things were going between the two sides on the standoff issue but India made it clear that it was something which it would handle on its own without help or interference from other countries.

China had repeatedly and furiously denounced the Indian move as a direct infringement of its sovereignty, demanded an immediate and unconditional withdrawal, and warned that conflict was a real possibility if that didn't happen. "The fact that India builds infrastructure for obvious military purposes near the western portion of the Line of Actual Control is not conducive to maintaining peace and stability of the western section of the China-India boundary, nor to easing the situation in the border area". "India is deeply concerned at the recent Chinese actions and has conveyed to the Chinese government that such construction would represent a significant change of status quo with serious security implications for India", the MEA said in late June. The two leaders are likely to meet early next month at the BRICS Summit in Xiamen, China. The Chinese side, especially the state media, since then had been on an offensive, and on occasions issued veiled threats of war.

Chinese and Indian Army at Doklam.

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