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China and India Back Down, For Now

Aug 28, 2017 | 22:16 GMT
On Aug. 28, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs released a statement saying that a

A bulldozer makes its way along the Nathu La pass close to the border crossing between India and China. The monthslong standoff on top of the world is finally drawing to a close. On Aug. 28, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs released a statement saying that a "disengagement" of troops has begun on the Doklam Plateau. The drawdown highlights how the costs of war outweighed the benefits of aggression for both sides.

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A monthslong standoff on top of the world is finally drawing to a close. On Aug. 28, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs released a statement saying that a "disengagement" of troops has begun on the Doklam Plateau. Doklam -- a disputed territory between China and Bhutan -- was the site of the confrontation between Indian and Chinese troops as India intervened there in June to halt a Chinese road construction project. India feared the road would have eased China's ability to bring troops closer to the neighboring state of Sikkim and to India's Siliguri corridor, which links the Indian mainland with its northeastern wing. The drawdown highlights how the costs of war outweighed the benefits of aggression for both sides, for now....

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