1. Massive win for Indian diplomacy: Doklam standoff to end as China agrees to disengage with India

Massive win for Indian diplomacy: Doklam standoff to end as China agrees to disengage with India

Doklam standoff to end: India and China have decided to disengage their soldiers in the Doklam region of Sikkim sector.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: August 28, 2017 1:41 PM
doklam standoff, india, china India and China have agreed to disengage in Doklam.

Doklam standoff: India and China have decided to disengage their soldiers in the Doklam region of Sikkim sector, External Affairs Ministry said today. Soldiers of both countries were engaged in standoff since mid-June. In a statement, the MEA said, “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. On this basis, expeditious disengagement of border personnel at the face-off site at Doklam has been agreed to and is ongoing.”

Reuters reported China’s foreign ministry as saying that Chinese forces will continue to patrol in Doklam region. It said Indian forces have already withdrawn to the Indian side of the border in Doklam.

Chinese state media CGTN also reported that India and China have agreed to end the standoff in Donglang area of both countries’ border. It based its report on a Times of India story about the recent development. China calls Doklam as Donglang.

The standoff had started after China’s People’s Liberation Army tried to build a road in the Doklam area, which belongs to Bhutan and is strategically significant for India. China claims the as its own. The standoff threatened to derail decades of trust-building between New Delhi and Beijing after the fallout of 1962 war.

In the weeks following the beginning of standoff, Chinese media had launched a propaganda war against India, threatening New Delhi with war even. However, India didn’t respond to China’s verbal attacks and, instead, insisted on finding a peaceful solution to the issue through dialogues.

Media reports today interpreted the decision taken by both countries as a victory of India’s diplomacy, which was praised by other international powers as well. While Japan had openly backed India, the US offered to help both countries in ending the standoff.

Small incursions and troop stand-offs are common along other parts of the contested 3,500-km (2,175-mile) border between India and Chinese soldiers. However, the recent standoff was was marked by its length and the failure of talks to resolve the dispute, raising fears of a wider escalation as the two Asian giants compete for influence. The Nathu La Pass on the border between India’s Sikkim and China-controlled Tibet, was the site of a fierce border clash between Chinese and Indian troops in 1967.

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  1. Greg Harrison
    Aug 30, 2017 at 3:21 am
    It is clearly, India withdraw the army. But china army is still there and just did some adjustments. What is point to keep so many army in the cold mountain if India army go home. So how can India media claim that India wins, really funny. China just temporally halt the road since it is cold already. But did India government get the promise to stop the road construction. The answer is no. China government temporally halts the road construction just to give India media and government some FACE to withdraw the army.
    1. C
      Aug 29, 2017 at 7:18 pm
      Seriously... No more surgical strikes with Chinese? hmmm ... kyon kya hua?
      1. R
        Aug 28, 2017 at 10:54 pm
        Due to international pressure or diplomatic support for india from the international community China temporarily stepped back.But it would definitely wait for an opportunity.So we should be in no war no piece mode for at least five more years
        1. Kumar Ranganathan
          Aug 28, 2017 at 5:30 pm
          This was a forgone conclusion despite war mongering from the Chinese as they took much longer time to assess the pros and cons of a limited war mainly the huge cumulative losses for themselves. We had no alternative but to put a stop to Chinese aggression in pinching others territory as they have been doing with most of their neighbors. This will definitely raise our military power status in the SE region besides creating a fear psychosis in the minds of the na-Pakis. This is the first time that the Chinese have not followed their dictum - my friend's (na-Pak) enemy (us) is my enemy. We have done well as a nation to show the place to Chinese after decades without wilting to their might. Let us be vigilant by keeping a close eye on the treacherous Chinese but most importantly on the internal traitors.
          1. C
            Aug 29, 2017 at 7:21 pm
            So you mean no surgical strike as we did with the Western neighbour? Why? Because you can deal with Pakis but with China hamary ____G ___ phati hai?
          2. Rajib Ranjan Das
            Aug 28, 2017 at 5:19 pm
            The dragon got squatted , on it own overweight All the pinpricks, all the russkie touts Could not stand the y dragon Over Modi and Trump again.
            1. C
              Aug 29, 2017 at 7:22 pm
              Aby woh chu___ya bol Naa ____ mein dum nahi hai?
            2. Ravikumar Thiruchitrambalam
              Aug 28, 2017 at 4:21 pm
              Chinese propaganda at work! attempting to create an illusion of the defeat as victory! China lost its face and will face the consequence of this with all its neighbours especially in SCS ASEAN here after! This is just a temporary truce until China accepts LAC as International Border and respects Indian concerns in Kashmir!
              1. R
                Aug 28, 2017 at 3:34 pm
                bull . The fact is China and US made a deal, India is abandoned by US,
                1. Pha Luu
                  Aug 28, 2017 at 3:12 pm
                  china Nuke india Back To The Stone Age
                  1. A
                    Aug 28, 2017 at 6:52 pm
                    Hey i, still jumping around with the monkeys ?
                    1. A
                      An indian
                      Aug 29, 2017 at 12:33 am
                      Let china try doing that.they should remember this is not 1962 but 2017.and India is a nuclear state as well.the empty threats don't bother us anymore.
                    2. J
                      Aug 28, 2017 at 2:40 pm
                      China's maturity in deescalating the standoff must be appreciated. Both India and China are great nations. Both have a great deal to admire each other and in fact become the best of friends, supporting each other to scale further heights in their achievements. Special forms at people to people levels must be promoted so that both the countries are brought closer and a permanent bond established. I had begun to love China for their achievements at the technological, economic and social levels, but was greatly disappointed at the Doklam imbroglio. The current developments are heartwarming and I am very happy to continue to appreciate China and it's people.
                      1. Ali Shahanshah
                        Aug 28, 2017 at 2:37 pm
                        A welcome, positive step taken by two Asian Giants to make Asia a haven for investment and development of its people!
                        1. S
                          Aug 28, 2017 at 1:35 pm
                          Diplomatic Victory for Shri Narendra Modi Ji.It is reported that the USA and the West and their Oceanic Allies etc, are supporting India on J K.Japan which opposed India in the Territorial dispute and favoured China,for Trade, earlier is also, for India now,Of course,all these are for their favourable trade ,GMO , Military Alliance,buying defence equipment from them,Demonetization,Digitization,cancelling of cases against the US MNCs, allowing Blackmoney to return as FDI,A Cashless India,attacking Gold for keeping the US Dollar stronger etc . Yet tremendous Foreign policy Successes( 2in number) for Shri Narendra Modi Ji all the same.Great leader Shri Modi Ji,PM Sir Ji
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                            Bhupendra Gandhi
                            Aug 28, 2017 at 4:01 pm
                            Thanks for the insight of this complicated dispute. I was under the impression that Japan has always been in India's corner, as China claims some islands in South China Sea that belong to Japan. Moreover Japan will be badly affected by China's illegal action of building islands in shallow waters. It has already built 7 islands and a few more are on the planning stage. As I have already said India could only win such encounters with diplomatic support from the West, Russia, Japan and Pacific Rim nations. This is exactly what PM Modi is doing, isolating China on international stage,
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