Negotiations with India helped end Doklam standoff, says China

Beijing: A top Chinese Army official on Sunday said several negotiations with the Indian Army paved the way for the resolution of Doklam crisis.

“This year, India military crossed the borderline into China’s territory. Of course, it has safely been resolved,” China’s People’s Liberation Army office Liu Fang said.

“My colleagues in the military and other ministries worked very closely and also we also had many times negotiations with Indian side,” said Liu, the Staff Officer at the Office for International Military Cooperation of the PLA’s Central Military Commission (CMC).

China’s position contributed a lot to the peaceful resolution of the conflict, she added.

Liu was talking on the sidelines of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party China.

“We are doing everything to protect national integrity and security,” she added, as per IANS.

India and Chinese troops were locked in an over a two-month standoff at Doklam on their border.

The crises, which erupted in June over Chinese building a road in an area claimed by Bhutan, ended with both sides deciding to ‘disengage’ from the face-off point.

On August 28 the Ministry of External Affairs had tweeted saying, “In recent weeks, India and China maintained diplomatic communication in respect of incident at Doklam. During these communications, we were able to express our views and convey our concerns and interests. On this basis, expeditious disengagement of border personnel at the face-off site at Doklam has been agreed to and is ongoing.”

(With Agency inputs)