Ending face-off; India and China agree to ‘disengagement’ at Doklam

Hardnews Bureau

The decision to disengage in the Doklam conflict is certainly India’s win over a bullying neighbour. However, it could be a ploy for another Chinese move in future

Proving the war mongers wrong and marking a victory of the back room diplomatic channel, India today announced that both India and China have agreed for "expeditious disengagement of border personnel" at Doklam tri-junction.

The statement from the Ministry of External Affairs came nearly three months of a tense standoff between troops of both countries at Doklam near Sikkim border. The statement said here today that the disengagement "has been agreed to and is ongoing". Notably, the development comes just days before the BRICS Summit where in Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to attend.

"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. On this basis, expeditious disengagement of border personnel at the face-off site at Doklam has been agreed to and is ongoing," the statement said. The 9th BRICS Summit under the theme ‘BRICS: Stronger Partnership for a Brighter Future’ will be held in Xiamen, Fujian Province. Within the framework of the BRICS Summit, under the chairmanship of China, the business agenda will take place in Shanghai and Xiamen (China) from August 31 to September 4, 2017.

The "face-off" had begun around June 16 when Chinese People’s Liberation Army troops began constructing a road in the Doklam sector. It may be mentioned here that despite the face-off, the diplomatic channels kept working. On July 26, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval visited Chinese capital to attend BRICS top security officials meeting. The group of NSAs also called on Chinese President Xi Jinping for an interaction on security issues relating to BRICS countries. Earlier, on July 20, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said, "If China, unilaterally changes the status quo of the tri-junction point, it is a straight challenge to our security". She also said that other countries have backed India in its standoff with China.

With inputs from UNI 

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