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As the two months old Doklam standoff ends between the two countries, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has made a controversial statement claiming that India withdrew its troops from the region telling India to take lessons from this to avoid similar incidents in the future.
"The border face off caused by Indian trespassing has been settled," the Chinese Minister said adding that the Indian side withdrew its troops from the region and that China hopes that they (India) will "learn lessons from this incident".
Media may have carried speculation and reports but as per the “authoritative information” with the Chinese government, Indian troops have withdrawn from the area on the afternoon of August 28, which “brought the faceoff to an end,” he said.
Earlier, India and China withdrew their troops from the Bhutan-China conflicted area ending the two-month-old Doklam standoff mere days before Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to China to attend the BRICS summit.
While India has not commented on the Chinese Ministry's statement, India's Ministry of External Affairs had earlier said that the two countries had maintained diplomatic communication over the standoff and after both nations expressed their concerns and interests a solution was reached.
The troops of both the nations were locked in a standoff at the disputed land of Doklam ever since June 16 when Indian soldiers disrupted the construction of a Chinese road in the area.
Addressing the differences between the two countries, Wang said, “India and China are two big countries. It is natural that there are some problems in our interactions.”
“What is important is that we put these differences at appropriate place and under the principle of mutual respect and following the consensus of our leaders, we need to handle and manage them properly,” he said.
“In the meantime, with our engagement through different mechanisms, we need to work out a solution in the long run,” he said.
The Chinese Minister also confirmed the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping during the summit saying it is a natural practice.
Addressing the discord between the two countries he said, “We hope through the efforts of both sides we will maintain a healthy and stable momentum of growth for China-India relations.”