New Delhi: The ongoing troop face-off between India and China on the Sikkim-Bhutan-Tibet tri-junction has emerged as the biggest such confrontation in the region in decades.
India has told China that its attempt to construct a road in Doklam in the Sikkim sector will “represent a significant change of status quo with security implications for India”.
As per sources, both India and China armies had strengthened their positions at the tri-junction by deploying around 3,000 troops each in a virtually eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation.
“On 16 June, a PLA (People’s Liberation Army) construction party entered the Doklam area and attempted to construct a road. It is our understanding that a Royal Bhutan Army patrol attempted to dissuade them from this unilateral activity,” said India, refuting China’s June 26 claim that Indian border troops crossed the boundary line in the Sikkim sector of the China-India boundary.
Doklam is a disputed area close to the tri-junction between India, China and Bhutan. China and Bhutan have engaged in a long territorial dispute over Doklam.
India said it works in close consultation Bhutan, which does not have diplomatic relations with China. Bhutan believes the Chinese road construction activity is illegal.
On the other hand, the Chinese official refuted Bhutan’s allegation that China has violated agreements by constructing a road inside its territory.
Of the 3,488-km-long India-China border from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, a 220-km section is in Sikkim.