Doklam standoff to end amicably; India, China to withdraw troops, says MEA

Duty officer at the supersonic Bramas missile system on board the frigate Tarkash after the formal ceremony transferring the ship to the naval forces of India at the pier of the Baltic Shipyard Yantar factory

Duty officer at the supersonic Bramas missile system on board the frigate Tarkash after the formal ceremony transferring the ship to the naval forces of India at the pier of the Baltic Shipyard Yantar factory

"China will continue to exercise sovereignty rights to protect territorial sovereignty in accordance with the rules of the historical boundary", Reuters quoted her.

Chinese diplomacy's favourite phrase "win-win situation" is likely to be much in use following the resolution of the two-month-long standoff between troops of the two countries at Donglang or Doklam near the Sikkim border.

"During these communications, we were able to express our views and convey our concerns and interests", it said.

India on Monday announced "expeditious disengagement of border personnel" in a press release titled "Doklam Disengagement Understanding".

India had insisted that the impasse would be resolved through diplomatic talks, while China demanded that India withdraw its troops from Doklam before any talks could take place.

"On the afternoon on August 28 (Monday), India has pulled back all the trespassing personnel, equipment to the Indian side of the boundary", Hua Chunying, spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Chinese government, was quoted by PTI in a report from Beijing.

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A separate Chinese attempt to build a road in the Doklam area-which is disputed between China and Bhutan-has prompted a standoff between hundreds of Indian and Chinese soldiers which has lasted for more than two months.

India's serious security concern over the road stems from the access it opens up to the narrow strip of land called the "Chicken's Neck" that links mainland India to its north eastern states.

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The announcement comes ahead of the so-called "BRICS" summit, which is being held in the coastal Chinese city of Xiamen and starts on Sunday. The statement said here today that the disengagement "has been agreed to and is ongoing". Citing its treaties with Thimpu, India said it had to intervene to prevent a change to the status-quo while China and Bhutan are still negotiating their borders.

This difference in the stand on Doklam between India and China is also reflected by the global media which has reported extensively on the border dispute. India had refused to withdraw its soldiers unless there was a simultaneous withdrawal from the Chinese side as well.

China's road building activity was also protested by Bhutan. India says China occupies 38,000 square kilometers (15,000 square miles) of its territory in the Aksai Chin plateau in the western Himalayas. If this were to happen, this will have significant consequences for the India-China competition in South Asia as well as perceptions of China's power in the rest of China's neighbourhood in Asia.

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