Army Chief to visit Sikkim tomorrow amid India-China stand-off: What has happened so far

Earlier in June, China's People's Liberation Party (PLA) destroyed Indian bunkers along the Sino-Indian border following a scuffle between Indian Army and Chinese troops in the remote areas of Sikkim

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 28, 2017 9:15 pm
india china relations, indo china relations, india china, india china border, china sikkim border, china india border, india news, china news The incident which reportedly took place in the first week of June in the Lalten post in the Doka La general area in Sikkim, triggered tensions between the two troops.

Army Chief Bipin Rawat will be visiting Sikkim on Thursday amid the standoff between Indian troops and Chinese army along the Sino-Indian border, news agency PTI reported. He will reportedly take stock of the operational matters and interact with top commanders in the formation headquarters of the force in the state bordering China

According to PTI, General Rawat is expected to travel to a number of other formation headquarters in the Northeast during his two-day long visit and review various operational matters in the region. Of the total 3,488-km-long India-China border that stretches from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, a 220-km section falls in Sikkim, and a considerable amount falling in the northeastern region.

Earlier on Tuesday, commenting on the incident, a state-run daily in China on Tuesday said China must force the Indian troops to retreat “by all necessary means” and New Delhi must be “taught the rules”. “The Indian government made no objection to the Sikkim section of the China-India border. Allegations of intrusions along the western section of the China-India border often emerge, but face-offs in the Sikkim section are rare,” a hard-hitting op-ed in the Global Times said.

The entire controversy regarding the latest border dispute broke out after China’s People’s Liberation Party (PLA) destroyed Indian bunkers along the Sino-Indian border following a scuffle between Indian Army and Chinese troops in the remote areas of Sikkim. The incident which reportedly took place in the first week of June in the Lalten post in the Doka La general area in Sikkim, triggered tensions between the two countries.

China blocks access to Kailash Manasarovar

During a meeting on June 20 between the Indian Army and its Chinese counterpart, the Chinese side said that Indian pilgrims, who were on a yatra to Kailash Mansarovar, would not be allowed to cross into Tibet, which led to the pilgrims returning back to Gangtok, Sikkim’s capital. The Chinese claimed that a bridge had broken because of which the pilgrims could not cross into Tibet for the annual yatra. The Sikkim route to Mansarovar, which is in Tibet, was opened in 2015.

india china relations, indo china relations, india china, india china border, china sikkim border, china india border, india news, china news China said that Indian pilgrims, who were on a yatra to Kailash Mansarovar, would not be allowed to cross into Tibet, claiming that a bridge was broken. (File Photo)

China accuses Indian troops of crossing boundary

But following India’s accusations of Chinese troops crossing and attacking Indian bunkers, the Chinese Foreign Ministry on Tuesday this week said that Indian troops had “crossed the boundary” in Sikkim. In a statement, the Foreign Ministry added that it had lodged a diplomatic protest in both New Delhi as well as Beijing and had demanded the “immediate withdrawal of troops from the area”.

“The Indian border guards crossed the boundary in the Sikkim section of the China-India border and entered the territory of China, and obstructed normal activities of Chinese frontier forces in the Donglang area recently, and the Chinese side has taken counter-measures,” the Foreign Ministry claimed.

india china relations, indo china relations, india china, india china border, china sikkim border, china india border, india news, china news On Tuesday, Indian government convened a high-level meeting to review the situation along the Sino-Indian border following the scuffle between Indian and Chinese troops. (File Photo)

India convenes high-level meeting

Tensions between the two countries had escalated enough for the Indian government to convene a high-level meeting on Tuesday to review the situation along China border in Sikkim. In a meeting attended by the Home Ministry, Indian Army and Indo-Tibetan Border Police officials, the incident was described “as China’s attempt to open another front along the border”.

What were the reactions

Following the incident, an editorial in a Chinese daily said that India must be “taught the rules” and that China must force the Indian troops to retreat “by all necessary means”.

“Whatever the motive is, China must stick to its bottom line. It must force the Indian troops to retreat to the Indian side by all means necessary and China’s road construction mustn’t be stopped,” said the op-ed piece in the Global Times, which is known for its nationalist stance.

Back home, in the backdrop of the Trump-Modi meeting, Shiv Sena expressed its concerns over the news of the face-off between troops in Sikkim.

“Until now, Chinese troops used to enter Arunachal Pradesh and Leh. Now it has been learnt that they have entered Sikkim and destroyed two Indian bunkers. This is a shocking incident,” an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ said.

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    Jul 11, 2017 at 1:55 pm
    “as China’s attempt to open another front along the border” India don't understand how to protect his chicken's neck area, without buffer area, another front along the border is opened, you can check relief map,this area is the best entrance to India from China. India should not merge Sikkim, but it's too late.
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            NoMan'sLand
            Jun 29, 2017 at 8:46 am
            Chinese troops even intrude through uttarakhand border villages and this is not new.
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              sara
              Jun 29, 2017 at 5:42 am
              Has communism and mohamed's islam given anything good to humanity?
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                Arif Ahmed
                Jun 29, 2017 at 8:23 am
                Not True. your opinion is biased. Terrorist are handful minority with their own agendas. don't forget IRA bombings in London for a very long time. we never blamed jesus and bible for that.
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                  papa imran
                  Jun 30, 2017 at 11:18 am
                  Muslims of India unite and rebel against this oppressive exploitative state of India. Let's take up arms and declare independence from India and break India into many pieces. Let's poison the wells from where Hindu Brahmins drink, let's pass on military and state secrets to foreign powers, let's become a fifth column and show these bloody Hindus our power. Let's demolish Somnath, Kedaranath and Kashi to take revenge for 1993 2002 and 2014 genocide of muslims. CRUSH INDIA HATE Hindustan rebel against India . Imam of Delhi Jamia Mosque, Deoband Mosque, Muslim Personal Board members,Awaisuddin Owaisi and Prin ls of Aligarh Muslim University and Jamia Millia university should declare their open defiance of India and rebel against the Indian state. Shah Faisal of Indian Administrative Service in Kashmir and other Muslim officials of India must also help India break up. Rebel against India.
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                sara
                Jun 29, 2017 at 5:42 am
                Commies are just like Mohamed followers-they believe in achieving everything through violence and terror.
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                  Mainak
                  Jun 29, 2017 at 4:41 am
                  My Hindu and Muslim brothers and sisters and all other in what so ever their religion who ate salt of Mother India ...should unite and counter this China storm....
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