India withdraws troops from Doklam; China still silent on road construction

Chinese Navy conducts live-fire drill in Indian Ocean

Chinese Navy conducts live-fire drill in Indian Ocean

The standoff began on 16 June when Indian troops stopped a People's Liberation Army contingent from building a road in Doklam, which is in the tri-junction of China-Bhutan-India.

The face-off has seen China and India mobilising troops to the area, while the Chinese military staged drills nearby on the Tibetan Plateau and in the Indian Ocean.

China said it was "pleased" that India had agreed to withdraw troops from the flashpoint area.

India's Ministry of External Affairs was the first to announce the understanding reached for disengagements of troops, in a crisp two liner statement.

China's foreign ministry spokesman said on Monday that on August 28 the Indian side had withdrawn all the personnel and equipment that had crossed the border, and this had been verified by Chinese officials.

"During these communications, we were able to express our views and convey our concerns and interests", the MEA statement reads. The Government of India did not go for rhetoric and chose proper channels of communication to find a solution to the problem.

Rong Ying, Vice President and Senior Research Fellow of the China Institute of the International Relations, which is affiliated to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, said the resolution of Dokalam standoff showed maturity and resilience of India-China bilateral relations.

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China and India have agreed to end a lengthy stand-off at the Sikkim border that began in June, said the Centre today.

The moves comes weeks before Prime Minister Narendra Modi's China visit for the BRICS summit.

A day after India and China made a decision to end military stand-off over Doklam, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) confirmed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Xiamen for BRICS summit. "India never had a problem with China patrolling the area, neither has India any claim on the territory".

India said China's road building also violated the 2012 agreement between the Special Representatives of India and China to resolve the boundary issue.

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

It was the construction of a road-and the permanent presence that it bestows-that had triggered the stand-off.