India, China Agree to Disengage Troops Along Border

India and China have agreed on an accelerated disengagement of troops in a disputed area in Doklam after more than two months of confrontation, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement Monday.

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NEW DELHI (Sputnik) – Both New Delhi and Thimpu agree the disputed land is part of Bhutan, and maintain that by building the road, the People’s Liberation Army is altering the status quo discussed and agreed upon by earlier agreements.

“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 in Doklam has been agreed-to and is ongoing,” the statement said.

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“On this basis, expeditious disengagement of border personnel at the face-off site at Doklam has been agreed to and is ongoing,” the statement said. China blames New Delhi for the military standoff at the Doklam (Donglang in China) near the Sikkim border, which has now entered into its third month. It accuses Indian soldiers of trespassing and preventing Chinese troops from building a road in the region, which is claimed by Bhutan.

The Doklam region is of strategic importance to India as it is situated close to Siliguri corridor, often referred as the “chicken’s neck”, the narrow land connecting the mainland to the remote northeastern states.