For The First Time, 1,800 Chinese Troops To Spend Winter At Doklam

| December 11 , 2017 , 10:14 IST

For the first time, 1,600-1,800 Chinese troops will be spending the winter in Doklam, which was earlier this year the site of a standoff between Indian and Chinese troops. Typically, China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) troops would visit Doklam plateau at the tri-junction border between India, China and Bhutan during April-May and October-November.

Chinese troops have already constructed two helipads, upgraded roads, set up pre-fabricated huts, shelters and stores to withstand the freezing winter in the high-altitude region.

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Indian security establishment sources say that while India "achieved its strategic objective" of not letting China extend into Doklam plateau, the standoff resulted in "the almost permanent stationing of People's Liberation Army (PLA) troops in the region" of the contested area.

"Earlier, PLA patrols would come to Doklam, which is disputed between China and Bhutan, between April-May and October-November every year to mark their presence and lay claim to the area before going back," said a source.

"Now, after the 73-day eyeball-to-eyeball troop confrontation at Doklam between India and China ended on August 28, the PLA troops have stayed put in what we consider to be Bhutanese territory for the first time this winter. But the status quo prevails at the earlier face-off site," the source added.

India protested to China's road building attempts on the contested Doklam plateau and moved in troops on June 18, resulting in a standoff that continued for 73 days, raising between the two neighbouring nations. The disengagement of troops was finally announced on August 28 after diplomatic manoeuvring.

kushal kumar

A news has appeared on 11 December 2017 in some newspapers in India to say that some 1600 to 1800 Chinese troops are again camping at Doklam as in December 2017. This news has signaled fears of revival of Doklam issue. While brave Indian forces are ever vigilant to meet challenge , if any , readers may like to know this Vedic astrology writer’s alert for more care and appropriate strategy in hitherto well known article - “ Astrologically speaking , some highlights for India in coming year 2017” - published in on 19 October , 2017. The related text of the article reads like this :- “ Borders may not be silent. China could deliver a surprise at some strategic location or locations. Continue watch at Doklam”.