Hope Doklam is resolved peacefully, says Bhutan

Hope Doklam is resolved peacefully, says Bhutan

"The troop level along the border with China in the Sikkim and Arunachal sectors [next to Doklam] has been increased", another anonymous official told the India Times. A similar three-week standoff occurred in 2013 over Aksai Chin, another disputed territory between China and India.

Though India and China continue to militarily reinforce their positions in the wake of an ongoing stand-off over Doklam region, Indian Army has denied ordering the evacuation of some villages near the Sikkim-Bhutan-Tibet tri-junction. Asian giants India and China opened a Himalayan pass to border trade on Thursday, 44 years after a brutal frontier war shut down the ancient route. About 300 soldiers from either side are locked in a standoff since June. The military alert level has been raised as a matter of caution, two sources in New Delhi and in Sikkim told Reuters on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

China demands that Indian troops withdraw unilaterally before any talks can be held, while New Delhi says each side should stand down.


Yesterday, army sources said they did not expect the tension to escalate. Bhutan and India are signatories of a "Friendship Treaty", and so India intervened on their smaller ally's behalf.

Bhutan and China have also agreed to maintain the status quo on the border as before March 1959 and abstain from taking any unilateral action or using force for the objective of altering the status quo of the boundary. He said modernisation of armed forces is a continuous process undertaken as per the extant Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) to keep the forces in a state of readiness to meet operational and security challenges.

China has repeatedly warned of an escalation if India does not pull back its soldiers with state-controlled newspapers warning this week that a countdown to a military standoff has begun.

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