Chinese Troops Resume Exercise in Disputed Dokalam Plateau Once Again

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PLA is building new military infrastructure almost three miles away from the border between China and Bhutan. The new structure of PLA includes the location of mortars and guns, as well as nine three-story buildings, barracks can be used, with about 300 military vehicles. Moreover, the 30 miles away from the border of Chumbi valley where Bhutan, India, and China’s border meet, the Chinese troops have been settled.

Dokalam Stand-off

In the mid-June of the year, between China and India, the Dokalam issue took place after the appearance of Chinese soldiers in the plateau. Chinese called it Donglang by claiming it as the part of Tibetan territory. In defence, India had to deploy troops in ally Bhutan for 10 weeks PLA and Indian military faced off a few 100 meters apart. However, back on August 28, both the army pulled off their troops after negotiation.

But in October, a new report came to light that suggested 1000 Chinese soldiers have deployed in the plateau of Dokalam again and the appearance of these structures also claimed that the PLA is there to stay.

Chinese troops appeared at Dokalam

In July 2017, the military of India has been withdrawn from Dokalam regarding not having any claim on the region. The Indian troops entered Dokalam just for supporting the allies of Bhutan and opposing sudden appearance of the PLA and road builders. India has built up their forces in Sikkim that borders Bhutan and China both.

Chinese Minister of Defence or Defence Affairs Minister too have not responded to the request for comment from South China Morning Post. But, after Foreign External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, he said that India and China should learn a lesson from the standoff as it caused undue stress to their relations.

Sushma Swaraj with Chinese Foreign Minister

Raveesh Kumar, the Indian springs said, “The external affairs minister and Chinese Foreign Minister both noted the challenge it had posed to the relationship and both expressed satisfaction that it was resolved with the disengagement of troops at the face-off site through concerted diplomatic communications.”

India and China army at border

In border disputes, often there is a high-stress period between the People’s Republic and their southern neighbors. In 1962, a border dispute on Aksai Chin saw an open hostility between the PLA and the Indian Army, in which thousands of people were killed in a month’s time. Similar incidents occurred on small scale in 1967 and 1987 too.