As Doklam standoff ends, China says it will strengthen its patrols along disputed border

The Chinese Defense Ministry said on Thursday it would strengthen patrols along a disputed stretch of border in the Doklam area near Sikkim but also “adjust” troop deployments after stopping more than two months with India .

Indian and Chinese troops clashed on the Doklam plateau, near the borders of India, their ally of Bhutan and China, since mid-June in the most serious and prolonged spread for decades.

“The Chinese army will continue to fulfill its mission and responsibilities, strengthening its patrols and garrisons in the Donglang region and resolutely safeguarding national sovereignty and security,” said the ministry spokesman. the Defense, Ren Guoqing.

“In the light of changes in the situation on the ground, Chinese border forces will make adjustments in deployments,” Ren said in an unprocessed monthly report.

Ren spoke three days after New Delhi and Beijing agreed to end the stalemate in Doklam, known as Donglang in Chinese, a region controlled by China but claimed by Bhutan. Reports from the region suggest that Chinese troops had stopped working on a road construction project that had triggered the row.

India sent troops to the area in June to stop working on the road in the remote and uninhabited territory. New Delhi said at the time that the road changed the status quo and would pose a serious security threat.

The two sides did not provide details on the conditions of withdrawal in the region. On Wednesday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said India should learn its lesson from stagnation and prevent similar incidents in the future.

The stand-off ended just before the BRICS weekend in China, bringing together Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the meeting in Xiamen.

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