The ongoing tensions in the Doklam have been cooled down with the withdrawal of forces from the disputed region. MEA released a statement, “expeditious disengagement of border personnel at the face-off site has been agreed to and is ongoing”, however it was not clarified as to whether it was on the mutual basis or any other details. However, India will continue to keep an eye on the region in case of any disturbance.
After the release, the Chinese foreign Ministry spokes person, Hua Chunying made a statement claiming the withdrawal of Indian troops first. She stated, on 28th August India had finally pulled back its forces from the disputed region back to its own territory.
According to Hua’s statement, China has not given up its sovereignty over the region and will continue to engage its sovereignty over the region. This puts a lot of question about India’s announcements of mutual agreement. However, Hua has refused to answer to any quires regarding the understanding between the two countries. She has stated that China will make the required adjustments on the ground.
China is still yet to give a statement regarding the road project it started in the region. China has been making claims on the Doklam region, a small area lying in between India and Bhutan. China started it road project in the region which led to the conflict. The strategic location of the area is very important because it is not very far from the Chicken neck area that connects to the mainland India. This project was the root cause of the conflict and not addressing it would simply mean delaying or putting the matter on hold.
Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj has stated in the Rajya Sabha that, India’s wants to maintain peace in the region. Swaraj also talks about the Chinese investments in India and bilateral engagement of the two countries. However, she criticises the Congress vice-president’s ( Rahul Gandhi) move regarding holding a meeting with the Chinese ambassador.
Bhutan still holds its ground regarding its claims to sovereignty over the region and has lodged a diplomatic protest on 28th June.