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China: Indian Soldiers Pulling Out of the Disputed Doklam Border Region

Beijing (TeleSUR– China said it was “pleased” that India had agreed to remove their troops, but Chinese troops will “continue to patrol on the Chinese side” of the region.

On Monday, Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying confirmed that Indian troops were pulling away from the long-disputed Doklam boundary.

“India and China have maintained diplomatic communication in respect of the incident at Doklam,” the ministry’s statement said.

Indian Soldiers of the Sikh Light Infantry
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China expressed that although it was “pleased” India had agreed to remove their troops, “Chinese troops continue to patrol on the Chinese side” of the region.

The standoff, which started in June, escalated when Indian soldiers crossed the border to stop Chinese forces from constructing a road on the Doklam Plateau, a disputed territory for China and Bhutan.

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India has sided with Bhutan’s claim.

Two weeks ago, Chinese and Indian soldiers clashed at Pangong Lake in Ladakh in Western Himalayas. And, according to Delhi, the two-hour conflict was triggered by China attempting cross onto the Indian side of the lake.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit China in a few weeks for a summit of the Brazil Russia India China South Africa nations.

This post was originally written for and published by TeleSUR English.