Turning deaf ear to China’s warning, Indian Army prepares to put up tents for a long haul in Doklam
New Delhi, July 10: The Indian Army is not caring China’s warning in the dispute existing in the Doklam area of the India-China border. The Indian Army is preparing to put up tents in the face of the conflict between India and China in the Bhutan-bound border. India’s decision was taken just after China warned the Indian troops to withdraw from Doklam. The army is putting up tents above ten thousand feet above the sea level.
Countering China’s stance, Indian troops have pitched their tents in the disputed area, at an altitude of around 10,000 feet, indicating its resolve to stay grounded unless there was reciprocity from China’s PLA in ending the face-off. Fortifying efforts is the steady line of supplies being maintained for the Indian soldiers at the site, official sources said, hinting that Indian Army is not going to crumble under Chinese pressure.
However, they sounded confident of resolving the issue diplomatically, citing resolution of border skirmishes in the pass through dialogue. While China is holding onto on to its aggressive ‘no compromise’ position, placing the ‘ball in India’s court’, the view in the security establishment is that there cannot be any unilateral approach in defusing the tension. Both the countries had agreed to a mechanism in 2012 to resolve border flare issues through consultations at various levels.
The mechanism hasn’t worked in the current situation as the stand-off near the Bhutan trijunction, triggered by China’s attempt to build a road in the strategically important area, has dragged on for over three weeks. New Delhi has clearly pointed out that such efforts by China would pose ‘serious’ security implications as the road link could give China a major military advantage over India. Doklam is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Doklam, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region. China and Bhutan have been engaged in talks over the resolution of the dispute in the area. India argues that since it is a tri-junction involving the three countries, it also has a say in the issue.