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China downplays disengagement of troops from Doklam, warns India to draw lesson

Indian and Chinese troops had been involved in a stand-off in Doklam since June this year. Photograph: (Facebook)

WION Web Team Beijing, China Aug 28, 2017, 02.54 PM (IST)

China's defense ministry has warned India to draw lesson from the stand-off in Doklam, hours after India said it had withdrawn its troops, China Global Television Network reported.

China also downplayed India's announcement that the two countries had agreed to mutually disengage in Doklam. It claimed that its soldiers continued to patrol its troops from the disputed area near Sikkim.

It also remained silent on its plans to build a road, which had caused the prolonged standoff after India objected that the territory belonged to Bhutan.

China's foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying highlighted the withdrawal of Indian troops, claiming on its part that it would "make adjustments" with the situation on the ground.

On the afternoon on August 28th, India has pulled back all the trespassing personnel, equipment to the Indian side of the boundary, she said.

"Indian forces and their equipment have already been withdrawn to the India side of the border. China's personnel on the ground have already confirmed this. China will continue to exercise sovereignty rights to protect territorial sovereignty in accordance the rules of the historical boundary. As I mentioned, because the situation on the ground has changed, China will make necessary adjustments and deployments in accordance with the situation on the ground," the foreign affairs ministry spokesperson said.

She also refused to answer questions on whether there was any mutual understanding between the two countries to resolve the standoff.

India wanted the status quo to be restored for the withdrawal of its troops.

Bhutan, which claimed sovereignty over the area, had lodged a diplomatic protest with China on June 28.

Troops of the two countries have been locked in a standoff in Dokalam since June 16 after Indian troops stopped the Chinese army from building a road in the disputed area.

Indian troops intervened to stop Chinese troops from building the road close to the strategic Chicken Neck, the narrow corridor connecting India's mainland with its North East.

India said China's road building also violated the 2012 agreement between the Special Representatives of India and China to resolve the boundary issue. The agreement referred to the strategic tri-junction between India, China and Bhutan.

Developments in Dokalam come days of ahead of the BRICS summit in the Chinese city of Xiamen which will be held from September 3-5.

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