China miscalculated how to handle India, allowed face-saving exit

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To the considerable relief of all parties involved, India and China agreed yesterday to end a 74-day stand-off by their security forces near the trijunction with Bhutan. India initiated the announcement with a short statement that simply said that an “expeditious disengagement of border personnel…has been agreed to and is ongoing.” China confirmed that India had withdrawn border personnel. Its spokesperson added that Beijing would “continue to exercise its sovereignty and uphold its territorial integrity” and reportedly that its forces “will continue to patrol in Doklam region.” Beijing acknowledged that “adjustments” would be made on the ground.

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