What was Chinese Strategy Behind heading to Doklam, and What Could be their Next Step


If we observe China closely, China has taken control of high altitude areas in recent past, that are above the tree land be it Tawang or Aksai Chin of India’s Kashmir.

Let’s have a look at Tawang-

And now let’s have a look at Aksai Chin, again a piece of land above the trees.

Aksai Chin- Courtesy cybersurg

Now, when we look at the Doklam region where a standoff took place by Indian and PLA army for almost 63 days and Chinese have tried to occupy a higher altitude plateau. We are looking at that from India’s angle and try to observe the purple triangle in the white. You can see the white colour scratches in the brown which are the roads.

Doklam Plateau

The red rectangle signifies the place where India is stationed and stopped China to build a road. Over the last 10 to 15 years, the Chinese have gradually built the roads from China into the Doklam plateau till the Indian border. And they were finally stopped in 2017 from proceeding further.

The Chinese angle looks like this-

From China to India

Let’s assume if the road building would not have been stopped what would be the goal of Chinese. Most probably we feel that have been targeting for Gyenochen peak or Mount Gipmochi which is at a height of 4000 metres.

You can see the Gyenochen peak in the above image which is a little way from South East. The Gynochen peak will give Chinese an amazing view of the plains of Bengal and to the Sikkim to the west. A foothold in this area will give Chinese an access to beautiful valleys of Bhutan and they simply have to descend to it. Even now the Chinese have built roads in the area of defence in the Dokalam.

The above picture depicts the view of plains of Bengal from Gyenochen. This point will give anyone an easy access to Bhutan and also to India’s Sikkim.

The Chinese had a plan to take hold of Gyenochen from Doklam but as they were stopped, they might have to find a new road towards a Gyenochen but even then it is possible for them to make a road from south of Dokalam standoff point to Gyenochen. Just look the next image.

The roads lead to a nullah where they have to make a bridge which will lead to another lower areas and then a road straight to Gyenochen.

The straight road to Gyenochen makes Chinese at a much higher altitude and a better view for any further invasion. However, the Indians which are a kilometer away from the Chinese roads might not have access to check what the Chinese are upto as the peaks will hide everything whatever is going below.

The Indian army forces are shown in the map and the backside activity that Chinese might take place.

And this is how it is close from Gipmochi to Sikkim. The point 1 is Mount Gipmochi or Gyenochen and point 3 is the standoff point.

Image courtesy- Wikipedia

The following article has been made with kind courtesy of Cybersurg Youtube channel. All the image courtesy Google Earth and Cybersurg.

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