China claims victory over India in Himalayan border row

China claims victory over India in Himalayan border row:China says India has withdrawn troops from a disputed Himalayan border area, ending a tense stand-off lasting weeks. The foreign ministry in Beijing said it was pleased that “trespassing Indian personnel have all pulled back to the Indian side of the boundary”.

India’s foreign ministry confirmed troops were “disengaging” at Doklam after agreement between the countries.

The row began in mid-June when India said it opposed a Chinese attempt to extend a border road on the plateau.

The area is known as Doklam in India and Donglang in China.

The news comes a week before a visit to China by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The plateau, which lies at a junction between China, the north-eastern Indian state of Sikkim and the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, is disputed between Beijing and Bhutan. India supports Bhutan’s claim over it.

Earlier on Monday China made clear it would “continue its sovereignty rights” in the area.

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Chinese troops had verified on ground that Indian personnel had withdrawn in the morning.

In the weeks since the row broke out in June, both countries increased troop numbers and even engaged in several minor confrontations in the area.

Both countries also called on each other to back down, with China in particular warning of “serious consequences”.

Atul Bhardwaj, adjunct fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies in Delhi, told BBC News that an agreement was the “only alternative” since a confrontation between the two Asian giants “could not have gone on”.


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