New Delhi, August 28: Two-Months-long Doklam standoff between Indian and Chinese forces near Sikkim border has come to an end with both sides agreeing to withdraw their troops from the site. The Ministry of External Affairs issued a statement that troops will disengage near the Indo-China border.
The MEA in a two-paragraph statement said that “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 on-going,” the statement read further.
Meanwhile, the Chinese media is saying that it was the Indian side that was withdrawing its forces, claiming a diplomatic win. (Also read: Doklam Standoff Ends; China Claims Indian Troops Leave ‘Chinese Territory’)
The Indian government had said that the Doklam standoff will be resolved peacefully amid China’s aggressive posturing. Home Minister Rajnath Singh had said that he hoped China would take steps to diminish tensions between the two countries. (Also read: Solution to Doklam stand-off to be found soon: Rajnath)
The resolution came ahead of the important BRICS summit in China’s Xiamen City. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will represent India at the summit, scheduled for September 3-5 to be held in Xiamen City of Southeast China’s Fujian Province. Experts say that China may have relented on its position on Doklam as its leadership didn’t want to host the Prime Minister of a major South Asian power in a hostile environment.
India and China have been at loggerheads for the last two months on the issue of Doklam. Doklam is situated in a no-man’s land facing India, Bhutan, and China on three sides. Bhutan and China have a dispute over the area as both claim it to be their territory. The standoff started when Indian troops intervened on the behalf of Bhutan and stopped China’s road construction activity in the area. External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj informed Parliament that India’s security was stake as Chinese roads in Doklam will give the dragon strategic advantage as it will bring The Chicken’s Neck in Chinese range. The Chicken’s Neck is the narrow piece of land that connects Sikkim with Indian mainland.
China had been trying to create a fear psychosis by pushing threatening articles in its state-controlled media. China had maintained that it would not talk with the Indian administration until Indian troops were withdrawn from Doklam, which it claimed to be its territory.