Just a few weeks after a 73-Day Doklam standoff between the militaries of India and China on the Sikkim border was called off, reports suggest that the Indian soldiers still remain on high alert. As per reports, China is now upgrading its existing road in the Bhutanese territory of Doklam. The construction, which is taking place around 10-km from the earlier troop face-off site, has not yet seen an objection from India. Unlike the previous time, this construction by China is not southwards towards the militarily-sensitive area of Jampheri Ridge.
Even though India has shown no objection towards the up gradation of the existing road, sources told The Indian Express that Indian soldiers have been put on high alert with around 1,000 Chinese troops still present on the plateau.
Calling off the 73-Day military stand-off between the militaries of India and China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese counterpart President Xi Jinping, on September 5, held bilateral meeting, calling on the peace between the two nations. Going by the current situations between the two nations, India does not expect another tiff with China, sources claimed.
According to sources, after the BRICS meet between India and China, even though both the countries had withdrawn their salaries, but currently a significant number of Indian soldiers have been deployed closer to the area. The construction by China is said be around 10 kilometers from the earlier stand-off site. Sources also claimed that People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is using the construction material and bulldozers it had brought to the face-off site at Doklam to improve the road it built in the region.
The reports come in the wake of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s visit to the border areas of Arunachal Pradesh on Saturday, October 7. This is said to be Nirmala Sitharaman’s first visit to the state, which is claimed by China as its territory.
Earlier, while addressing the media on the eve of Air Force Day, Air chief BS Dhanoa claimed that Chinese troops are still present in the Chumbi valley and hoped they will go back soon. “I expect that they withdraw as summer exercise gets over,” he said.
Targeting Pakistan, Dhanoa also said that India is fully capable of carrying out full spectrum of air operations across the border if another decision of surgical strike is taken by the government.
Meanwhile, speaking at the 68th anniversary of founding of the People’s Republic of China, Luo Zhaohui, the Chinese envoy to India said that now is the time for India and China to move over the past grievances and mark the beginning of a new chapter of their friendship.