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. The Doklam ease could help set the agenda for talks between Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the five-nation meeting.

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.

Source: Economic Times