India-China military standoff ends
China and India have agreed to end a lengthy standoff at the Sikkim border that began in June, both countries announced August 28.
China and India have agreed to end a lengthy standoff at the Sikkim border that began in June, both countries announced August 28. India said both sides are moving to withdraw their troops from the remote Doklam plateau, a region that both China and Bhutan claim. Beijing said it would continue to patrol the area, but agreed that given today's developments, China will make "necessary adjustments and deployments according to the changes".
The standoff began in mid-June after Chinese troops started building a road on the Doklam plateau. Indian soldiers rushed to stop that, triggering the worst military tension in decades with China.
Announcing a breakthrough, India said the truce was reached by diplomatic talks. "On this basis, expeditious disengagement of border personnel at the face-off site at Doklam has been agreed to and is on-going," said the foreign ministry in a statement.
The Chinese foreign ministry confirmed Monday that India has withdrawn its troops from the Doklam plateau.
"On the afternoon of August 28, the Indian side has pulled back all the trespassing personnel and equipment to the Indian side of the boundary and the Chinese personnel on the ground has verified this. China will continue to exercise its sovereignty and uphold its territorial integrity in accordance with historical conventions," Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said at Monday's daily regular press conference.
She said that since June 18 Indian troops "illegally" crossed the border and trespassed on Chinese territory in Doklam, and China has used multiple diplomatic channels to engage with India and also conducted effective military measures to safeguard its sovereignty and legal rights.
"The Chinese government highly values its friendly relationship with India. We hope India can fulfill the historic agreement on the border and safeguard the stability of the border area with China," Hua said.
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