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Sikkim Standoff: Indian Army Ready For A Long Haul At Dokalam

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| July 9 , 2017 , 17:31 IST

Despite hopes for a diplomatic solution to the Sikkim standoff, the Indian Army is ready for a long haul to hold onto its position in the Doklam area near the Bhutan tri-junction border.

The Indian soldiers in the area have pitched their tents, an indication that they are unlikely to retreat. A steady line of supplies is being maintained for soldiers, ensuring that no technical problem will come in the way of their stand at the border.

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China has been aggressively asserting that it was not ready for any "compromise" and that the "ball is in India's court" after alleging that Indian troops have trespassed into Chinese territory, but Indian security establishment maintains that there cannot be any unilateral approach in defusing the tension.

Although both the nations had agreed upon a mechanism in 2012 to resolve border flare-ups via consultations, the procedure has so far failed in the current Sikkim standoff, which began when China's attempt to build a road in the strategically important area was met with protest from India.

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India had conveyed to China that building a road in such a sensitive region would represent a significant change of status quo with "serious" security implications for India as the road link could give China a major military advantage over India.

China has accused India of trespassing into the land known in India as Doka La which is called Doklam by Bhutan and Donglang by China. The land in question is contested by both Bhutan and China, and India has reasserted its stand that the Indian troops are in Bhutanese territory, an ally of India and not trespassing onto Chinese land.