The tension on the India-China border is getting hotter by the minute. The Chinese Dragon is steadily deploying its forces and increasing infrastructure along the LOC much to the dismay of Indian tigers. In response to the Chinese activities, India has significantly increased its military and other resources along the eastern border with China.
The move by the Indian Army comes in the forms of mobilizing troops and weapons into the region amidst months of a long standoff. There is a long tension between two countries since the first Sino-Indo war in 1962 and still, shows no signs of resolution. For many months now, New Delhi and Beijing have been at odds over the region of Doklam Plateau. This tiny mountainous ally in Bhutan has been the reason of conflict between India and China with both claiming stake on it.
It all started in June when Chinese forces began construction of roads in the disputed region. In response to this India deployed troops and weapons showing its anger over China’s movement. China, however, refuted the claims and answered India by saying that it is none of their business. Beijing demanded Indian forces to withdraw from the region but PM Modi was adamant and refused any such move. Indian Defense Minister Arun Jaitley claimed and affirmed the Indian parliament that the forces are fully prepared in the event of any kind of conflict with Chinese forces.
As per reports from global news agencies, Indian troops in Sikkim, South of Doklam have been put on high alert and to act cautiously. The two countries have already crossed bloody paths in 1962 which ended in a decisive Chinese victory. The two neighbors have until date continued to dispute over the Aksai Chin in the western stretches of the Himalayas.
What makes Doklam strategically so important is that it is close to a bottleneck passage that connects North East India to the rest of India. The two nations have been at long odds with Beijing as India is harbored Tibet’s government-in-exile and its spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama since the early 1960’s.