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China to strengthen patrolling of Doklam

China’s armed forces will strengthen patrolling and defence of Doklam area on the border where Indian and Chinese troops were locked in a face-off for over two months, a military spokesperson said on Thursday.

China’s military has paid close attention to the situation and taken “emergency measures” to reinforce border controls since the Dong Lang or Doklam incident occurred, Xinhua news agency quoted Ren Guoqiang, spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defence, as saying.

“Chinese troops resolutely maintain the country’s territorial sovereignty and legitimate rights,” he told the media, adding they have also used military diplomacy and border contact channels to promote the proper resolution of the border row.

The stand-off began on June 18 when Indian troops crossed into Doklam, claimed by both Bhutan and China, triggering a dragging stand-off. The issue was diplomatically resolved on Monday.

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