Doklam standoff ends; India, China agree to disengage

Doklam standoff ends; India, China agree to disengage

Wang said that it's normal for two giant neighbour nations to have differences, but they needed to set them aside and work out a solution in the long run.

The confrontation began after Indian troops blocked Chinese road construction in the disputed area of Doklam (Donglang) near the Sikkim state, where New Delhi supports Bhutan's territorial claims.

This is in contrast to India's statement that both countries have agreed to "disengage" in Doklam. "We just want to say that the two countries can end this crisis without having to resort to war, which is a victory for Asia".

"The important thing is to put these problems in their natural place and deal with them properly and control them in a spirit of mutual respect and based on consensus between the leaders of the two countries".

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Sputnik spoke to experts from both India and China about the Doklam area border dispute between the countries, which has been recently eased as New Delhi and Beijing agreed on troops' withdrawal from the territory.

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China was unwilling to go by the 2012 understanding and chose to cite an 1890 treaty it signed with British India in a departure from the past.

Doklam is one of four disputed areas between Bhutan and China in the western region of Haa and Paro dzongkhags. "Therefore, we should encourage India's move, which matches China's demeanor as a great power", it added.

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India's External Affairs Ministry did not immediately comment on the Chinese foreign minister's remarks.

The dispute was resolved ahead of the BRICS summit where Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping are likely to meet on the sidelines.

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"In order to meet the needs of defending the borders and improving the living condition, China has always been engaged in infrastructure development, including the road constructions in Donlang area", Hua said at a briefing here. "We hope that India could earnestly honor the border-related historical treaty as well as the basic principles of worldwide 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".

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