NEW DELHI – India and China on Monday agreed to withdraw their troops from the Doklam area, ending a nearly three-month standoff. This is considered to be a breakthrough ahead of the BRICS summit and the standoff had a great impact on the bi-lateral relations of both the countries.
The Indian External Affairs Ministry on statement confirmed the disengagement followed by the Chinese Foreign Office confirming the same.
The External Affairs Ministry statement said “In recent weeks, India and China have maintained diplomatic communication in respect of the incident at Doklam. During these communications, we were able to express our views and convey our concerns and interests”.
“Expeditious disengagement of border personnel at the face-off site at Doklam has been agreed to and is ongoing.” The statement further said.
The new development was also confirmed by the Chinese foreign ministry. China said it was “pleased” that India had agreed to withdraw troops from the Doklam.
“I am pleased to confirm that trespassing Indian personnel have all pulled back to the Indian side of the boundary,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said. “Chinese troops continue to patrol on the Chinese side of the boundary.”
The border trouble began in the month of June when India deployed its troops in Doklam to stop the road construction by the Chinese forces. This resulted in Beijing accusing New Delhi of trespassing on Chinese soil.
This conflict continued for around three months and several confrontations occurred between the Indian and Chinese troops inflaming the tensions between the two Asian powers.
Monday’s announcement comes days before Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to travel to China for BRICS summit. The new consensus between both the Asian giants came as a relief as, both the countries were looking for more cooperation both diplomatically and economically.