China Abandons Road Construction Plan In Doklam, Says Report

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| August 28 , 2017 , 21:38 IST

Two months into the Doklam standoff, India and China have finally agreed to end the conflict with the neighbouring country reportedly abandoning their plan to build a road in the conflicted region.

The moves comes weeks before Prime Minister Narendra Modi's China visit for the BRICS summit.

While India, on Monday said that both the countries are withdrawing their troops from the China-Bhutan conflicted area, China has said that it would continue patrolling the area, but will make "necessary adjustments and deployments according to the changes" to fit today's development.

Although China didn't explain what the changes would be, their Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said, "At 1430 or so on August 28, India withdrew its personnel and equipment to the Indian side of the border line." While stating that the Chinese army's patrols in Doklam will continue, she said China would make "necessary adjustments and deployments according to the changes."

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The Ministry of External Affairs had revealed that in recent weeks India and China had maintained diplomatic communication regarding the standoff at Doklam and after both nations expressed their concerns and interests a solution has been reached.

Based on the diplomatic agreement 'expeditious disengagement' of border personnel has been agreed to and is underway said the MEA.

In mid-June, when India protested on the road construction efforts of China in the controversial tri-junction area between India, Bhutan and China at the Doklam plateau, China alleged that Indian troops had trespassed into their land and called for immediate removal of the forces. India maintained that it was on the land of ally Bhutan and thus began the standoff between the two nations.

As both nations refused to withdraw their forces, matters became more heated up and veiled threats were issued by Chinese media with alarming frequency and India prepared to bolster its forces at the border.

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The disengagement decision announced on Monday comes as a welcome respite from the risk of a full-scale military intervention.