In first signs of thaw between India and China at Doklam, both countries agreed to disengage from the Sikkim border, which had turned into a flashpoint for the nuclear-armed nations.
“In recent weeks, India and China maintained diplomatic communication in respect of incident at Doklam. We were able to express our views and convey our concerns and interests,” the MEA 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,” it added.
The move is a big plus for Prime Minister Narendra Modi before he travels next week to Xiamen for the BRICS summit. There are indications that President Vladimir Putin could play a key role at the high table in Xiamen in helping solve the Sino-Indian issues. A bilateral meeting between Modi and Putin is also in the works on the sidelines of BRICS Summit.
International affairs experts who have followed the evolution of BRICS refer to the fact that such multilateral platforms help member-states strengthen their bilateral ties and iron out wrinkles.
India and China have been at the loggerheads on Doklam, where soldiers from the two countries have been in a stand-off for more than two months.