NEW DELHI — The Latest on India’s announcement that it and China have agreed to pull back their troops from a face-off in the high Himalayas (all times local):
China says its troops continue to patrol in the disputed Doklam area high in the Himalayas following India’s withdrawal of its forces and equipment after a monthslong standoff.
Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters Monday that Chinese forces in the area had verified the Indian pullout and that China will “continue to exercise its sovereignty and uphold its territorial integrity in accordance with the historical conventions.”
Hua said Chinese border troops were continuing to patrol in the area, but made no mention of their road-building activities that had prompted India to send its forces across the border nearly three months ago.
Doklam is also claimed by the tiny kingdom of Bhutan, but Beijing says it belongs to China based on an 1890 Chinese-British treaty.
India’s government says India and China have agreed to pull back their troops from a face-off in the high Himalayas where China, India and Bhutan meet, signaling a thaw in the weeks-long standoff.
India’s Ministry of External Affairs said Monday that India and China have had diplomatic exchanges over the situation on Doklam plateau in the eastern Himalayas.
“During these communications, we were able to express our views and convey our concerns and interests,” the ministry said in a statement.
India said both sides had agreed and have begun the process to withdraw their troops from Doklam.
The confrontation that began in June when Indian troops moved in to stop China from constructing a road in the Doklam region in Bhutan was the worst in decades.