China increases troops near Doklam; unwilling to compromise

Cheryl Sanders
August 11, 2017

Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said that the Indian armed forces are strong enough to meet any challenge to the country's security. Bhutan had said that the area where the road was being built was its own and China was doing it without permission.

A section of the Indian media had reported on Thursday that almost a hundred residents of Nathang village in Sikkim, 35 km way from the faceoff point in Doklam, were asked to evacuate their houses by the Indian Army as a precautionary measure to avoid civilian casualties in the eventuality of a skirmish with Chinese forces. Therefore, the border standoff in the Doklam area is linked with China's domestic politics. Latest reports indicate that China has increased its troops in the region. Both troops have set up their tents and keeping a close vigil on the movements and activities of each other.

On Thursday, several Indian media cited anonymous sources as claiming that India's military had ordered immediate evacuation of an Indian village 35 kilometers from Donglang. He said that it would be helpful for the people of both countries if India withdraws from Doklam without any conditions.

The editorial also says that "New Delhi is challenging China's sovereignty" because of "its own sense of inferiority and insecurity in the face of China's rapid rise to prominence in the region".

The Global Times editorial quoted another research fellow stating that Jaitley's remarks were unwise and did nothing to ease border tensions, Hu Zhiyong at the Institute of International Relations of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, said.

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