Infra build-up in Doklam: stand-off still continues
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The Indian Army is maintaining strict vigilance on the continued presence of Chinese troops and their construction activities in north Doklam at the Sikkim-Bhutan-Tibet tri-junction area even after a return to bilateral bonhomie has been announced between the two nations after a 73-day face-off last year.
India is speculative that 1800 soldiers of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) who were stationed at the Plateau region might return and pose an immediate threat to our border security. Around 1600 Chinese troops have established a permanent presence in the Northern region of the Plateau with the construction of helipads, temporary huts etc.
“They have built infrastructure for it in North Doklam. But our troops, atop the watershed that dominates a Doklam, are much better placed in terms of terrain. We are in the wait-and-watch mode, prepared for any eventuality,” an army official said.
The Army chief, General Bipin Rawat, however, added, “I think the bonhomie (between India and China) has returned to what was there prior to Doklam. So, I don’t visualize very serious trouble, but then one has to be prepared for it always. ”
Peace talks between MEA officials of the two countries were witnessed in November last year under the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC) where they exchanged views on further confidence-building measures and strengthening of military contracts. The Doklam issue has become ‘a show of strength’ prerogative where neither country assumes trust with its neighbor and is ready to retreat its forces. India is well acquainted with China’s habit of annexing territories and cannot afford to put our Siliguri Corridor under the threat of attack.