Beijing on Tuesday continued to evade any direct response on whether it had stopped the road construction in Doklam. When asked, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying at a press briefing on Tuesday said: “China will take into consideration all relevant factors, including the weather, while building it. In order to meet the needs of defending borders, improving living conditions, China has long engaged in infrastructure development, including the road construction.”
Hua said Chinese border troops will continue to station and patrol the Doklam area. “We will continue to exercise our sovereignty with historic conventions,” Hua said.
According to a PTI report from Beijing, the Chinese spokesperson “parried” a question on whether China is in consultation with Bhutan, which has protested the Chinese troops’ road construction in Doklam. “So far, we have resolved the issue of illegal trespass of the Indian troops,” she said.
Hua said: “Peaceful resolution of the issue through diplomatic channels serves the common interests of all relevant parties.” She said it showed “the sincerity and responsible attitude of China as a major country.”
In a report published Tuesday morning, the People’s Daily, the mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party, suggested the disengagement was a “win-win”. It even commented the “the Age of Hegemony has become history”, but was silent on whether China has committed to halting its road construction.
The report, headlined “Dong Lang stand-off peacefully resolved via diplomatic means”, harped on India having pulled back all its “trespassing border personnel and equipment” from Doklam, which the Chinese call Dong Lang, ending the two-month long military stand-off “triggered by India’s illegal incursion”.
The report said the withdrawal of Indian troops “has laid a foundation for the further development of China-India relation”. It said it was “good to see that the two countries have solved the conflict peacefully”, which served the interests of both the countries.
Interestingly, the report observed that "the Age of Hegemony has become history." It stated: "All countries need to see that no matter who they are dealing with, the fundamental basis is mutual respect, mutual benefit, and win-win cooperation."
The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Beijing hoped to get the "support and coordination from all relevant parties" for the success of the BRICS Summit.