Almost after three months lengthy border dispute, India and China have agreed to end the military standoff at Doklam near Sikkim, an External Affairs Ministry press statement said on Monday. “In recent weeks, India and China have maintained diplomatic communication in respect of the incident at Doklam. During these communications, we are able to express our views and convey our concern and interest”, Foreign ministry said in a statement. It said, “On this basis, expeditious disengagement of border personnel at the face-off site at Doklam has been agreed to and is on-going”.
The move of resolving the standoff comes ahead of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Beijing for the 9th annual BRICS summit. Meanwhile, China said it was “pleased” that India had agreed to withdraw troops from a disputed border with Bhutan following a months-long standoff in the Himalayas. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying confirmed that Indian troops and equipment had pulled back while “Chinese troops continue to patrol on the Chinese side of the boundary”. The military standoff which began in mid June with India’s opposition to China’s road construction in Doklam, a disputed tri-junction point between India-Bhutan-China basically belongs to Bhutan but allegedly claimed by China as its territory.