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Will China resume building roads in Doklam?

Aug 29, 2017
In a surprise move, India announced on Monday, August 28, afternoon that the 'ongoing' and 'expeditious disengagement of border personnel' from the Doklam area which witnessed a standoff between an estimated 200 to 300 troops each at the tri-junction area of India-Bhutan-China since mid-June.
 
India's ministry of external affairs stated that this is an outcome of the 'diplomatic communications' between the two countries for the past more than two months.
 
The modus vivendi of withdrawal and the context for such withdrawal, while not clear at the moment, suggest to some significant victories for India, even as China has a face saving solution.
 
To begin with, when India sent troops to the Doklam area, it was mentioned that it is doing so to observe Article 2 of the 2007 agreement with Bhutan which has territorial claims on this area, and secondly that the security of the Siliguri Corridor would be questioned if China continues to build a road for military purposes.
 
Read More: http://www.rediff.com/news/column/will-china-resume-building-roads-in-doklam/20170829.htm
 
rediff.com, August 29, 2017

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