Doklam dispute resolved through ‘diplomatic maturity’: Sushma

New Delhi, Aug 1 (PTI): | Publish Date: 8/2/2018 4:48:51 AM IST

 The India-China face-off over Doklam was resolved through “diplomatic maturity without losing any ground” and status quo has been maintained, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said today.

Swaraj told the Lok Sabha that the main objective of the informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping at Wuhan was to ensure mutual comfort, mutual understanding and mutual trust between the two leaders and all the three objectives have been achieved.
“We have resolved the Doklam issue with diplomatic maturity without losing any ground. There is no change in the status quo (on the ground). There is not an iota of change. The face off at sight has been resolved on August 28, 2017,” she said during the Question Hour.
The external affairs minister said the Wuhan informal summit was held without any agenda and without having any objective to discuss any specific issue.
Before the summit, the foreign ministers of the two countries decided that the leaders should not be restricted to any specific issue, she said.
“The decision to host Wuhan was taken not to resolve any issue but to create a conducive environment. Three main objectives were to ensure mutual comfort, mutual understanding and mutual trust. In all the three objectives, we have achieved success,” she said.
Swaraj said as a follow-up to the Wuhan summit, the Chinese defence minister is coming to enhance military cooperation while the foreign minister will arrive later this year as part of efforts to enhance people-to-people contact.
The external affairs minister also said after the Wuhan summit, both the leaders met on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Johannesburg and the SCO summit. As a result of the understanding developed in Wuhan, later meetings also covered the issue of Doklam.
The first informal summit between Modi and Jinping was held at the Chinese city of Wuhan on April 27-28.
India and China were locked in a face-off in the Doklam area of the Sikkim sector for over 50 days after Indian troops stopped the Chinese Army from building a road in the area.
China claimed it was constructing the road within their territory which India had objected, saying the territory does not belong to China.
To another query, Swaraj also made it clear that the boundary dispute between Bhutan and China was continuing and it was a matter between those two countries.
“Our concern was related only to the tri-junction area (India-Bhutan-China),” she said.

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