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With 500 Soldiers On Guard, China Expands Road In Doklam

Discussion in 'International Relations' started by Guynextdoor, Oct 5, 2017.

  1. Guynextdoor

    Guynextdoor Lt. Colonel SENIOR MEMBER

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    Barely a month after the winding down of an aggressive stand-off with India at the Sikkim border, the Chinese army is back to building a road on the Doklam Plateau, just 10 km from the location of the last conflict. The Doklam Plateau is claimed by both Beijing and Bhutan as their territory. India backs Bhutan's claim.

    In mid-June, Indian soldiers crossed the Sikkim border to stop the construction of a Chinese road near the "Chicken's Neck", a thin strip that links India to its northeastern states. After nearly 70 days of soldiers from both sides staring down at each other just 150 metres apart, the conflict, described as the worst in decades, subsided with both countries accepting that they were withdrawing their troops, though details were sketchy.

    China pulled back its bulldozers and other road-making equipment, said officials in Delhi at the time. Chinese officers said the weather would be among the factors that would determine its plans for construction.


    Now, barely 10 kilometres from the location of the stand-off, China is expanding an existing track, reinforcing its claim to the disputed and remote Doklam Plateau. India backs Bhutan's claim to the region and has made it clear that it will not tolerate any infrastructure that would allow China access to the Chicken's Neck, located just south of Doklam.


    Thwarted in its last attempt, China has now shifted its unused road construction material North and East of the face-off site. Road construction workers brought into the area are accompanied by upto 500 soldiers though there are no indicators that these soldiers will be permanently based in the area - the Chinese town of Yatung, which is less than 20 km away as the crow flies, is a few hours by road and accommodates them. Neither are there signs of permanent structures to accommodate Chinese soldiers in the area which is snow-bound and bitterly cold in the winter.

    Army officers NDTV has spoken to believe that the new road construction is meant to be a strong signal of Beijing's intent to prove its territorial claims. A month ago, Army Chief Bipin Rawat had warned, "As far as the Northern adversary is concerned, flexing of muscles has started. Salami slicing, taking over territory in a very gradual manner, testing our limits or threshold is something we have to be wary about. Remain prepared for situations that are emerging gradually into conflict."

    https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/jus...a-road-again-1759103?pfrom=home-lateststories
     
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  3. Guynextdoor

    Guynextdoor Lt. Colonel SENIOR MEMBER

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    I guess we'll mobilize again. Our boys would have got some rest thankfully. But we'll have to dig in for the winter.
     
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    stephen cohen Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    This has been announced already

    http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/...china-border-post-doklam-issue/1/1061783.html

    Indian Army to remain on high alert across Indo-China border throughout winter

    India Army has been ordered to be on high alert across Indo-China border 'until further notice' post the Doklam stand-off.

     
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    Guynextdoor Lt. Colonel SENIOR MEMBER

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    they might cross over again. There seems to have been a briefing by the MOD to media on this, means they want people to know there is an incident and they might escalate. I think all recent pronouncements are indicating this.
     
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    Guynextdoor Lt. Colonel SENIOR MEMBER

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    @Agent_47 how come only I have no access to shoutbox?
     
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    Agent_47 Admin - Blog IDF NewBie

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    I don't know. maybe because you shout too much? :azn:


    Contact admin.
     
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    Guynextdoor Lt. Colonel SENIOR MEMBER

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    Ok you mean @Webmaster @admin @Hellfire esteemed members like me should not be muzzled. People come here to listen to my wisdom and I have been frequently referred to as light of asia.
     
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    Wolfpack Captain FULL MEMBER

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    Seen the map,they are just widening the road laid till now in the territory they built till now, they are not expanding into territory which we objected. I hope it stays that way.
     
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    Request take a look.
     

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