China-India border standoff: Omar lauds Modi for ‘victory’

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah Monday lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his team for getting “the better of China” in the Dokalam standoff.

“India getting the better of China is all the more remarkable because it was done without any chest thumping & (and) bluster. Kudos PM Modi & team,” Omar wrote on Twitter.

India’s foreign ministry said on Monday it had agreed with China to an “expeditious disengagement” of troops at a disputed border area where soldiers from the two countries have been in a stand-off for more than two months.

China, however, said while  it was “pleased” that India had withdrawn its troops from Doklam Chinese troops will “remain in the region” and exercise their “sovereignty over the region”.

Beijing said Chinese border troops will continue to patrol in Doklam, in the Sikkim sector.

The Chinese Foreign Office statement was in contrast to India stating that both countries have agreed to “disengage” in Doklam where their armies have been on a standoff since the middle of June, sharply escalating tensions.

Omar said the return to status quo was a victory for India and Prime Minister Narendara Modi.

“But isn’t the return to status quo a victory for India & PM Modi? It was China that wanted to alter the ground position with the road work,” he said responding to a tweet on the issue.

The conflict, which was the worst in decades, saw 300 soldiers from each side, confronting each other on the remote Doklam plateau in the Eastern Himalayas, according to an NDTV report .

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