Gave India a prior notice over road building in Doklam: China

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Doklam Standoff
Doklam Standoff

Beijing : China on Wednesday said it had informed India in advance about its road building activity in Doklam on the border and reiterated its demand that New Delhi must withdraw its troops immediately from the area.

Beijing, which earlier said it won't talk to New Delhi until the Indian troops leave, also hinted that the two sides were in touch to resolve the dragging dispute on the Sikkim section of the border.

In a 15-page document, China's Foreign Ministry said the number of Indian soldiers in Doklam since the beginning of the crisis had come down from 270 to 40 by the end of July.

The stand-off between Indian and Chinese soldiers began on June 16 over a road being built by the Chinese Army in Doklam.

Indian troops stopped them from constructing the road, citing the pending ownership of Doklam.

Both China and Bhutan claim Doklam. India supports Bhutan's claims.