BEIJING: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday said the 73-day stand-off between India and China in Dokalam ended after India withdrew its troops and asked New Delhi to “learn lessons” and prevent such incidents in future. India and China on Monday ended their standoff in Doklam by withdrawing their troops from the area, just days before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to China to attend the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit next week.
“The border face off caused by Indian trespassing has been settled,” Wang told the media here, while answering a question from the Chinese media reports that India withdrew troops to provide a face saver for China after reaching a settlement. Media may have carried speculation and reports but as per the “authoritative information” with the Chinese government, Indian troops have withdrawn from the area on the afternoon of August 28, which “brought the faceoff to an end”, he said.
“That is a basic fact and of course, we hope that the Indian side will learn lessons from this incident and prevent similar things from happening again,” he said, answering a question on media reports stating that India withdrew troops to provide a face saver for China after reaching a settlement.
In New Delhi, the External Affairs Ministry did not immediately comment on the Chinese foreign minister’s remarks. Troops of the two countries had been locked in a standoff in Dokalam since June 16 after Indian troops stopped the Chinese Army from building a road in the strategically key Dokalam region, a disputed area between China and Bhutan. Wang said there is huge potential and space for greater cooperation between China and India and such cooperation serves the interest of the two countries. “We hope China and India will join hands and work together for rejuvenation of Asia and for the development of our region and contribute our share to greater development,” he said.
The BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit will be held in the southeast Chinese city of Xiamen from September 3 to 5.