India and China have been locked in a standoff for last two months in Doklam, a disputed Himalayan region.
The foreign ministry of India has issued a statement after an agreement was reached with China after a long standoff. The agreement reads, “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.”
The Indian side mentioned an ‘expeditious disengagement’ announcing the end of the standoff has been reached. “On this basis, expeditious disengagement of border personnel at the face-off site at Doklam has been agreed to and is ongoing,” Indian foreign ministry said.
However, the Indian side did not state anything about pulling back its soldiers from the border. China has confirmed that the Indian troops have been withdrawn from Dong Lang.
On this basis, expeditious disengagement of border personnel at the face-off site at Doklam has been agreed to and is ongoing
Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying commented in her routine press briefing, “The Indian side withdrew all its border personnel and equipment that were illegally on the Chinese territory to the Indian side. The Chinese personnel on site have verified this situation.”
“China will continue fulfilling its sovereign rights to safeguard territorial sovereignty in compliance with the stipulations of the border-related historical treaty,” she added.
Advising India to respect the border related treaty, Chunying said, “We hope that India could earnestly honor the border-related historical treaty as well as the basic principles of international law and work with China to preserve peace and stability in the border area and promote the sound development of bilateral relations on the basis of mutual respect for each other’s territorial sovereignty.”
She expected to maintain a friendly relation with India. “The Chinese government attaches importance to developing good neighborly and friendly relations with India,” said the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman.
China will continue fulfilling its sovereign rights to safeguard territorial sovereignty in compliance with the stipulations of the border-related historical treaty
The longest and bitter standoff between China and India thus ended. Both the country has been threatening each other but the Chinese tone has always been the louder one.
On July 24, Wu Qian, spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defense said at a press conference, “The Chinese border troops have taken initial counter measures at the site and will step up targeted deployment and training.”
Mr. Wu said that to de-escalate the tension, India has to withdraw its troops if any dialogue the country expects. Wu Qian warns India of shaking any ” impractical illusions” off that would delay the peace process.
Wu says, “We strongly urge India to take solid measures to correct its mistakes and desist from provocation.”