Status quo prevails in Doklam: India

 NEW DELHI, March 7 – There have been no new developments at the face-off site and its vicinity at Doklam. The status quo prevails in this area. Government keeps a constant watch on all developments having a bearing on India’s security and takes all necessary measures to safeguard it.This was stated by Minister of State for External Affairs, Gen Dr VK Singh (retd) in a Parliament reply. He also added that since the disengagement of Indian and Chinese border personnel in the Doklam area on August 28, 2017, status quo prevails.

On December 28, 2017, an Indian Army patrol observed three civilians believed to be Chinese nationals, carrying out track construction in the Shiyung La area in Upper Siang District of Arunachal Pradesh, approximately one km on the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The three civilians returned to the Chinese side of the LAC on seeing the Indian Army patrol. As per the agreed modalities, a Flag Meeting was arranged to discuss the intrusion. The Chinese side admitted that the three civilians had crossed over the LAC and agreed to withdraw their equipment immediately.

Government regularly takes up such transgressions along the LAC with the Chinese side through established mechanisms including border personnel meetings, flag meetings, meetings of Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs, as well as through diplomatic channels, Gen Singh said.

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