Bhutan welcomes disengagement of troops at Doklam area

Laura Christensen
August 31, 2017

India and China ended their over 70-day-long tense standoff in Doklam on Monday with both agreeing to withdraw troops from the disputed region ahead of the BRICS summit.

After India and China agreed to end their over two-month-long stand-off in the Doklam Plateau, India Foundation Director Alok Bansal heaped praise on both the countries and believes that it is a wise decision, keeping in mind the BRICS summit next month.

However, Wang did hope for a friendly and healthy equation in the future and said that the neighbours are big countries and bound to have differences, but it is important to sort these issues properly, through mutual respect. "We hope that India could earnestly honor the border-related historical treaty as well as the basic principles of global law and work with China to preserve peace and stability in the border area and promote the sound development of bilateral relations on the basis of mutual respect for each other's territorial sovereignty".

"Peace and stability along the China-India border concerns regional peace and stability and accords with the common interests of people on both sides of the border", a statement quoting Wu Qian, a senior PLA colonel, said.

However, in response to a question, Mr. Wang counselled India "to draw lessons from the border incident".

The expert pointed out that the latest border dispute started when China started to build a road in the disputed area and it also ended with China suspending the road construction project.

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"There is huge potential and space for cooperation between India and China".

"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".

The Doklam area is also claimed by India's ally Bhutan.

Ajit Doval during the talks had kept India's point strongly saying that because the area was part of Bhutan, India took this step in its defense, on the grounds of a treaty signed in the East India with the Himalayan country. "Therefore, we should encourage India's move, which matches China's demeanor as a great power", it said.

BRICS Business Forum, a major side-event of BRICS Summit, is expected to gather a record 1,200 attendees in Xiamen, east China's Fujian Province on September 3 and 4, including executives from more than 50 Fortune 500 multinationals.

India's External Affairs Ministry did not immediately comment on the Chinese foreign minister's remarks. "As the two countries deepen their understanding, they must pay ore attention to avoid any misjudgments that may lead to a new crisis", it said.

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