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India Vs China: Border Tensions Worst Since 1962

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| July 3 , 2017 , 08:07 IST

The India and China face-off at the Sikkim border which has led to both sides deploying large numbers of troops at the border area, has continued for nearly a month now, becoming the longest such impasse between the two armies since the India-China war of 1962.

The location of the tension, specifically the Doka La region, forms the tri-junction border between India, Bhutan and China. The same region is claimed by both Bhutan and China.

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After India objected to China's road-building exercises at the tri-junction area, the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) on June 1 asked the Indian Army to remove two bunkers set up in 2012 at Lalten in Doka La which India had installed to provide backup security to the Bhutan-China border.

When the Indian Army did not withdraw the bunkers, on June 6 two Chinese bulldozers destroyed the bunkers overnight claiming that the area belonged to China. After the incident of the destruction in Indian bunkers, both sides increased their troop presence in the area.

On June 27, China accused Indian troops of trespassing into their territory in Sikkim and lodged official complaints with New Delhi and Beijing while also shutting down the Nathu La pass for the Kailash Mansarovar pilgrims.

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Again, the location of the alleged trespass by the Indian army, the Doklam plateau, is contested by both China and Bhutan. Senior officials have stated that the Indian Army presence near the Sikkim border was in Bhutan's territory, as a help to the smaller nation.

The current standoff on the Sikkim border marks the longest such incidence since 1962. The last standoff between PLA and Indian Army carried on for 21 days along the Ladakh border of Jammu and Kashmir in 2013 when the Chinese troops entered 30 km into Indian Territory.


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