Doklam standoff: Bhutan welcomes troops withdrawal by India, China

A week before the BRICS summit, India and China on Monday ended the Doklam row by agreeing for disengagement of their troops at the face-off site.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 1, 2017 1:30 pm
bhutan, doklam standoff, india china doklam, doklam issue ended, sikkim standoff, bhutan china india, bhutan on doklam issue, indian express news The Doklam standoff had sparked fears for Bhutan that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) might aggressively seize disputed territory along the kingdom’s western borders.

Bhutan on Tuesday welcomed the decision by India and China to disengage their troops at the Doklam tri-junction. “We hope this contributes to the maintenance of peace and tranquility and status quo along the borders of Bhutan, China and India in keeping with the existing agreements between the respective countries,” said a statement from the Bhutanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Doklam standoff had sparked fears for Bhutan that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) might aggressively seize disputed territory along the kingdom’s western borders. “This crisis has brought about some real questioning about Bhutan’s position and vulnerabilities for the first time in decades,” a senior official told The Indian Express earlier on Monday. “This isn’t to say there is a crisis in the Bhutan-India relationship — there isn’t — but there is going to be a lot of hard thinking on what needs to happen next.”

Read | Doklam disengagement: Sigh of relief in Bhutan but for its troops, fears remain, fingers crossed

A week before the BRICS summit, India and China on Monday ended the Doklam row by agreeing for disengagement of their troops at the face-off site. While China confirmed that India had withdrawn personnel and equipment from Doklam, they said they would make “necessary adjustments” to the deployment of its own forces along the border.

China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Beijing would continue to patrol the region. “Chinese personnel conducted an on-site check at the disputed area at 2.30 pm (Beijing time). China will continue to safeguard its territorial sovereignty according to historical boundary treaties. China’s border guards will continue to patrol the area. At the same time and in view of the changed situation, the Chinese side will make the necessary adjustments and deployments,” MFA spokesperson Hua Chunyin said. She also said the settlement of the issue through diplomacy were “in line with the interests of both countries.”

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  1. Subramani S
    Aug 29, 2017 at 5:50 pm
    Great moral and diplomatic victory of India. As all praised, the Modi showed matured diplomacy and fearlessness amid provocative behavior of China. Emboldened by the secret by V P of a big old pary and a photo op, without following laid down protocol, unleashed a tirade and mockery of India. Their media even dragged RSS in their malicious reminding us of the same kind abuse we hear from the pseudo secular parties. I have heard in my younger days that the chineese aggression in 1962 could have been avoided if the Nehru lead Congress Govt applied proper diplomacy. Kudos to the Modi Government and the brave army men who did a splendid job in such a patient, matured handling of the situation. Modi Stands Tall.
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    1. Sankaran Krishnan
      Aug 29, 2017 at 3:58 pm
      It is a slap on the face of China which refuses to accept the reality whereas Bhutan exposed by welcoming the withdrawal of Forces both by India and China and now China is down at the International arena for their false reporting in their media which shows them very poorly and also untrustworthy, It is necessary at this level when China attains and also says they are Big Power !!! ???
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        autonomous
        Aug 29, 2017 at 4:19 pm
        Don't understimate your enemy , china are indigenous and powerful in all sectors, india is really no match for them,its only the matter that india chosen correctly so china cant move aggressive towards india.
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        Asish
        Aug 29, 2017 at 3:50 pm
        Even if this issue is closed we have to realize that we have to be with the French a lot more. They have such brilliant intellectuals and their idea of liberty and mathematics which is closer to the Greek thought is what touches with our ancient India. We have to move towards the French language and teach our children French. We need to become more strongly a cooperation with France. It gave this World Giants of Thoughts and if we want to see ourselves grow we need to involve all our Universities, be it 1. Cultural, 2. Technical (IIT), 3. Political, 4. Philosophical to French Universities. It will do great wonder for our society and generate great thinkers in future. Let us invest in French and France.
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