This year in August, an operational alert was declared as the 2017 China India border standoff or Doklam standoff with the Chinese troops threatened India to go out of their way. This led the Indian Army to maintain a state of high alert across the 4000 km long Indo-China border.
Indian Army has been given instructions to be on high alert across Indo-China border ‘until further notice’ post the Doklam stand-off.
The issue concerns the military border standoff between the Indian armed forces and the People’s Liberation Army of China over construction of a road in Doklam, a territory which is claimed by both China as well as India’s ally Bhutan.
Beijing has been referring the 1962 Indo-China war and has issued angry statements due to which the Indian Army has extended the operational alert until ordered otherwise, informed by the sources to India Today.
The “operational alert” has been extended “till further orders,” said the source.
A state of full operational alert on part of the army would mean to have weapon platforms ready with an increase in positioning of troops along vulnerable points in case of higher altitude warfare. Even the most inhospitable location along the border cannot afford to have a decrease in unit.
The intervention of the highest office from both Delhi and Beijing did resolve the issue. On 28 August, both India and China announced that they had withdrawn all their troops from the face-off site in Doklam. India pulled back about 600 meters back to its position and Chinese troops too pulled back few hundred meters, but neither side has withdrawn completely as to avoid taking chances.
“On the ground, both sides are watching the other carefully. And, it is nothing wrong keeping in mind the long stand-off,” a top source told India Today.
India’s neighbouring countries like Bangladesh, Vietnam, Thailand and other south Asian counties, who were apprehensive of China, have received a strong message with India’s stand for its ally Bhutan.
Beijing did not receive India’s standing up against the country well. India believes that Beijing also needs to address its own internal constituency and President Xi Jinping also needs to send a message to the Chinese Communist Party (CPC).