The nearly two month old standoff in the remote Doklam plateau between China and India may be coming to a close, as the two nations promise to disengage and diffuse hostilities that have been building over a border dispute.
In recent weeks, India and China have maintained diplomatic communication in respect of the incident at Doklam,” India’s foreign ministry said in a statement. “On this basis, expeditious disengagement of border personnel at the face-off site at Doklam has been agreed to and is on-going,”
The ‘face-off’ was over a border region in the Himalayas, where the borders of India, Bhutan, and China all come together in a remote and rugged area high in the mountains. India deployed soldiers to the area after Chinese plans to build a road were contested by tiny Bhutan, who requested India’s assistance in the matter.
China, responding in kind, deployed its own soldiers, which began a series of small escalations between the two major regional powers. Not wanting the situation to escalate into a full-blown shooting war, Indian and Chinese soldiers confronted each other without lethal weapons, resulting in bizarre fist fights and shoving matches in the austere terrain.