China: India is Pulling Troops from the Disputed Doklam Border Region

Tuesday, 29 Aug, 2017

India and China today pulled back troops from their present position in Doklam, ending about two-and-a-half month border face off, ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's expected visit to the country in the first week of September for the BRICS Summit.

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. In its statement, the MEA said "During these communications, we were able to express our views and convey our concerns and interests".

In June, Indian soldiers crossed the Sikkim border to stop China from constructing a road on the Doklam Plateau, which is disputed territory for Chin and Bhutan.

China's Foreign Ministry said it was happy to confirm that all Indian "individuals and facilities" have withdrawn to the India side of the border.

The Chinese troops would continue to patrol the disputed Doklam region, China's Foreign Ministry revealed. In response, India sent hundreds of troops into Doklam, which Beijing insisted was an incursion into its territory. China, which says the region is part of its borders, said its troops would continue to patrol the region.

The statement did not immediately make clear whether the disengagement is being done by the both countries, or that MEA is speaking for India only and disengagement is by the Indian side only. "What they (India and Bhutan) have objected to is changing the status quo, which is building a road, which is bringing bulldozers and a construction crew". "China will continue to exercise its territorial sovereignty in accordance with historical conventions", Chunying was reported as saying at Monday's regular press conference. India also backed Bhutan's claim to the Doklam Plateau over China's.

Retweets and comments of Indians and Chinese general public people apparently states this verdict is healthy for both the countries. This has been depsite the continued rhetoric from China, and espcecially its state-backed media. India acts as a security guarantor for the small Himalayan kingdom, which does not maintain official diplomatic relations with China, and therefore, led the charge.

Ministry of External Affairs on Monday said that there was a continuous channel of communication between two neighbouring Asain giants, which made the mutual agreement possible. But in the last few years, we have seen, as our political discourse has coarsened, that has challenged the unwritten rule in Indian politics.