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Doklam standoff to end after India and China agree to withdraw troops

The standoff at Doklam is expected to come to an end, as both India and China have agreed to withdraw their respective troops from the region. A statement issued by India shows that both countries will be withdrawing their troops from the Doklam plateau. It may be recalled that both China and Bhutan call the area their own. The standoff had begun in June, when Indian troops stopped China from constructing a new road at the border. The new road would have created a security risk for India, which is why Indian troops stopped the Chinese team from constructing the road.

A statement has also been provided by the Chinese government, but details of the truce agreement have not been provided. It is also not clear whether China will continue to build the road after both countries withdraw their troops. Chinese government officials did not comment on India’s statement that a mutual disengagement has been agreed. The Chinese officials only said that they will continue their patrols in Doklam, but they will make changes in troops deployments as per the emerging situation.

The Indian government said that the truce has been achieved through diplomatic talks.  “Expeditious disengagement of border personnel at the face-off site at Doklam has been agreed to and is on-going,” said the Foreign Ministry in a statement.

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