Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s upcoming visit to China for BRICS Summit, India and China have agreed to expeditious disengagement of border personnel at face-off site in Doklam. In a statement, External Affairs Ministry today said, New Delhi and Beijing maintained diplomatic relations on the Doklam issue. The Ministry said, during the diplomatic exchanges, India was able to express its views, concerns and interests.
New Delhi had always maintained to find a mutually acceptable solution of Doklam standoff through diplomatic channels. India’s objective was to achieve peace and tranquility in India-China border areas though diplomacy. India had urged that both sides should withdraw troops to engage in dialogue whereas Beijing insisted on the unilateral pulling out of India’s soldiers.
In June, Indian soldiers had crossed the Sikkim border to stop China from constructing a road on the Doklam Plateau in Bhutan. Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Dokalam, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region. Of the 3,488-km-long India-China border from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, a 220-km section falls in Sikkim.