tense border standoff between two nuclear powers has come to an end, and the timing is likely no coincidence. China and India have agreed to pull back troops from both sides of their disputed border. They've been locked in a standoff for more than two months in the area of Doklam, a strategic plateau that serves a buffer between both nations and Bhutan, a rival of Beijing.
As Reuters Ben Blanchard points out, this de-escalation comes just ahead of next week's BRICS summit, which Xi JinPing and Narendra Modi will come face to face.>> China likes when it hosts these summit to put across a view that it is a gracious host, and of course does not want anything on toward anything unwanted over shadowing.
So there were some fear in China that with this border dispute continuing to fester away, but everybody's focus is really gonna be about the border dispute and the poor China- India relationship than it was going to be about BRICKS.>> The stand off had escalated to one of the longest and most serious in decades along the remote Himalayan border.
It started when Indian troops were sent it to block China from building a road. Since then, there have been scuffles among soldiers from both sides. And while some analyst say this deal will be a win-win if the countries keep their distance, there is skepticism.>> It's important to remember that although both sides appears to have backed down on this particular dispute, the China-India border dispute overall has not gone away.
Despite numerous round of talks between both China and India, there has yet to be a lasting solution to this border dispute. It does seem very likely that going forward that we will continue to have this cause of incidence happening>> That idea seems to be holding true even now that tensions are cooling with China making it clear its troops will continue to patrol this barren but significant stretch of land.