Media outlets in India have reported that Chinese soldiers moved as far as 1km into the Indian region before they retreated.
Chinese media reports suggest that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the United States, military hardware purchases from Washington, including drones, and India's participation with the US and Japan in the recent round of Malabar naval exercise in the Bay of Bengal, were influencing the dialogue between China and India on ending the Doklam crisis.
Chinese state media has again urged and warned India to end the almost two-month long stand-off with Beijing in the Doklam region unconditionally to avoid being placed in a position of disadvantage.
After the war, ITBP jawans would patrol the area with weapons in a non-combative manner - with the barrel of the gun pointing down. The Chinese troops, too, withdrew the same day. It falls in the middle sector of the Sino-Indian border, comprising Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
In 1958, India and China listed Barahoti, an 80-sq-km sloping pasture, as a disputed area where neither side would send their troops. The Chinese troops focussed their attention on the Western (Ladakh) and Eastern (Arunachal Pradesh) sectors. However, the maps for the other two sectors are yet to be exchanged, they said. In both instances Chinese soldiers numbering about 15-20 came into Indian territory, stayed there for a while and left, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) sources told PTI in Dehradun.
There is no official word either from the Indian government or the Chinese administration on any of these developments.
India, which fought a war with China in 1962 over a separate part of the disputed Himalayan border, supports Bhutan's claim. Doval arrived here yesterday to take part in the Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS) NSAs meeting being hosted by Yang, who, like Doval, is the Special Representative for India-China boundary talks.
This comes just three days before National Security Advisor Ajit Doval was to meet Chinese president Xi Jinping in Beijing.