Doklam crisis defused, PM Modi set to visit China for BRICS

RSTV Bureau

Prime Minister Narendra Modi scheduled his visit to China on September 3 to attend the BRICS summit in Xiamen.

“At the invitation of the President of People’s Republic of China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Xiamen in China’s Fujian province during September 3-5, 2017 to attend the 9th BRICS Summit,” MEA said.

From China, the Prime Minister will travel to Myanmar for a state visit from September 5 to 7 at the invitation of Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw. It will be Modi’s first bilateral state visit to Myanmar.

“During the visit, Prime Minister will hold discussions with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on matters of mutual interest and also call on President U Htin Kyaw. Apart from his engagements in the capital city of Nay Pyi Taw, he will visit Yangon and Bagan,” MEA said.

The official confirmation came after a breakthrough on Doklam was achieved on Monday.

File Photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting the President of the People's Republic of China,  Xi Jinping before the BRICS Summit, in Goa on October 15, 2016.

File Photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping before the BRICS Summit, in Goa on October 15, 2016.

India and China decided to disengage at Doklam and both countries have withdrawn troops and removed bulldozers, tents which they had pitched, according to a top Indian government official.

The official, on the condition of anonymity, said there were about 1700-1800 Chinese troops in the area where they proposed to build a road and all of them have left.

The Indian troops, whose number was in a “few hundreds”, have also moved out of the stand-off area, the official told PTI tonight, adding it is a “demilitarised” area now.

Graphic representation of the location of the stand off between Indian Army and PLA near Sikkim border.

Graphic representation of the location of the stand off between Indian Army and PLA near Sikkim border.

The standoff had begun in June when the Indian troops objected to the Chinese building the road there.

“The bulldozers have been taken away, tents have been removed and even a flag which they (Chinese) had hoisted there has been removed,” the official said.

“Expeditious disengagement of border personnel at the face-off site in Dokalam has been agreed to and is ongoing,” the External Affairs Ministry said earlier.

Later, in the evening, External Affairs Ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said the process of disengagement had almost been completed under verification, reflecting an end to the nearly two-and-half-month long standoff.

“This process has since been almost completed under verification,” Kumar said, referring to the disengagement.

An official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the process of resolving the matter started after a brief interaction between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Hamburg in July.

Subsequently, the Special Representatives of the two countries — National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and China’s State Councillor Yang Jiechi — were in touch, the official said.