While everyone has heaved a sigh of relief after India and China agreed to end the Doklam standoff by withdrawing troops, it is not yet clear if China will continue to build the road in Doklam. If it does, it would reveal that it has the upper hand in the situation and if it does not, it would mean the same as has been communicated to the media that both sides have agreed to end the standoff. When asked about the plans to build a road in Doklam, China stayed away from providing a clear cut answer and responded very vaguely, saying that the plan to construct the road in Doklam will depend on weather. On the surface, it may appear that China is referring to the approaching harsh winters in the region, which would naturally make it difficult to carry out any construction work.
However, some experts said that China may also be hinting at the political situation in the region. By using the term ‘weather’, China could be referring to the political situation that may arise in the future. Speaking about the proposed plan to build a road in Doklam, China’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said, “We will make an overall assessment of the weather conditions and all related factors, and according to the actual circumstances complete construction plans.”