India China standoff: Status quo at site, no movement of forces

Sources said that the dispute remains “localised”, with no movement of Chinese troops detected in any other disputed sector on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) between the two countries.

Written by Sushant Singh | New Delhi | Updated: July 7, 2017 7:21 pm
bhutan, sikkim, china, india, india china border, india china sikkim, india china relations, india china bhutan, india china tensions, india news Sources said that around 100 Indian soldiers are deployed in the disputed area, and have pitched tents there. (File Photo)

The standoff between India and China continued at the Dolam or Doklam plateau for the 21st day, with troops of the two armies arrayed against each other at a “civil distance”, awaiting a diplomatic resolution of the dispute, official sources told The Indian Express.

Sources said that the dispute remains “localised”, with no movement of Chinese troops detected in any other disputed sector on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) between the two countries.

They added that around 100 Indian soldiers are deployed in the disputed area, and have pitched tents there. They remain at a distance of around 120 metres from the Chinese soldiers, who have also pitched tents in the area, they said. There has been no confrontation between the two sides or any attempt by the Chinese to resume road construction in the past two weeks, said sources.

The standoff site is at an altitude of about 10,000 feet, and Indian soldiers can continue to stay there for a prolonged period. But there have been no specific orders to this effect, as any further action would be based on diplomatic engagement between India and China.

On June 16, Indian soldiers had moved into the plateau, an area disputed between China and Bhutan and which abuts the Indian border in east Sikkim, to prevent a road being constructed by the Chinese to eventually reach Jampheri Ridge, which India and Bhutan consider to be in Bhutan.

The Chinese claim Gymochen, which falls on Jampheri Ridge, to be the tri-junction of the border between India, Bhutan and China. India considers Batang La to be the tri-junction, around 6.5 km north of Gymochen. The Chinese road construction was happening on Dolam plateau, which lies between the Sinchela that has the Batang La pass, and Jampheri ridges.

Chinese connectivity to Jampheri has serious security ramifications for India, as this part of the Chicken Neck — the smallest portion of Siliguri Corridor which connects the Northeast to the rest of India — will be only 22 km wide.

“Access to Jampheri would render Indian defences in East Sikkim ineffective, and even a single Chinese OP (observation post) on the range will give Chinese domination of our area. That access should not be allowed,” said a source.

Sources confirmed that Chinese military patrols on foot have been coming up to Jampheri ridge and Amo Chu river, north of the ridge, historically.

In 2007, there had been tension in the region when the Chinese destroyed some Indian bunkers in the Doka La area. There were similar incidents later but this is the first time the Chinese have constructed a road, which had reached a position called the Turning Point, short of Jampheri Ridge.

Two of the most prominent areas on the LAC, where the Indian and Chinese perceptions differ, are Fishtail-1 and Fishtail-2 in Arunachal Pradesh, where there has been no movement of Chinese patrols. Situation reports from other areas on the India-China border have also not indicated any movement of Chinese troops across the LAC, sources said.

There has also been no change in deployment of three Indian Army divisions in the region. Only two of the 10 brigades — 63 and 112 mountain brigades — are deployed in the forward areas. The rest of the brigades — of Gangtok-based 17 Division, Kalimpong-based 27 Division and Binaguri-based 20 Division — continue to remain at their usual locations.

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    Kushal Kumar
    Jul 10, 2017 at 8:36 pm
    This Vedic astrology writer's alerts for more care and appropriate strategy for India during year 2017 in article " 2017 - an opportune year for India with major worrisome concerns in February-March and August-September" were issued widely to Indian news media last year in October - November 2016. While covering August -September or near about in year 2017 for India , the alert prediction reads like this : " AUGUST-SEPTEMBER OR NEAR ABOUT LOOKS TO BE PRESENTING WAR OR BIG TERROR , COULD ALSO BE THROUGH SEA". The place of India was indicated to be northern part like Leh Ladakh, which has come out to be somewhat indicative. This was with specific context of India only. Similar major worrisome concerns in the global context were expressed in this writer's article of 16 May 2017 - " Is World War III round the corner ?" - published in the Summer (June) 2017 issue of The Astrologer's Notebook , a quarterly print Newsletter from North Port , Florida.
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      Col. Sandhu
      Jul 7, 2017 at 9:27 pm
      While Modi is not ediucated and has poor understanding of global politics (he has strong support of the Jews) we in India know what is happening. We support Modi since he is our elected leader. This game is easy to understand (I will not mention the key players in this game in the internet), however, like Shashi Tharoor know in depth whsat is happening. Whatsoever the game the Chinese can no nothing since we now surely have a military edge over a strongly Jewish supported China. A war means a world war as any person with conventional wisdom knows. Also the Chinese from mainland because of their structure have an inferiority complrex of the Aryan Indian. Also the Chinese are insecure after the Japanese rule and what Japan did to them. We also have a good commander in General Rawat. Note the game is surely not what appears to be.
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        mark
        Jul 8, 2017 at 6:00 am
        Colonel Sahab, do Zews support Modi, or China? This is confusing.Do you now that actually the 11th president is not a Chinese, but actually a Mongol of imperial descent? obviously not. So certainly the game is surely not what appears to be, but, as an officer, you obviously have unlimited access to best quality Rum and Wisky and we expect more vital top-secret information, like "Shashi Tharoor know(s) in depth" (if so, God bless India), or if that you sound like suffering from some superiority complex, you are basically modest, since we all understand that you are one of the "key players in this game". We all greatly appreciate these rare insights in the deepest state secrets. Best regards. PS. If Chinese are insecure about Zappanese rule (that ended 1945), can it be possible that some Indians feel insecure about British rule that ended 1947? Think twice ...
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          Anil
          Jul 8, 2017 at 5:35 pm
          What depth does Shashi Tharoor have? You don't learn geopolitics or strategy only by reading books or getting educated abroad. He may be articulate but he is a dyed in wool non-aligned movement, Nehruvian ideologue preaching the same shopworn internationalism which got us into this mess with China in the first place. I wonder if the Indian Army, Air-force or Naval commanders would agree with you when you say India has an edge militarily over China. Maybe you can whisper in their ears what you claim to know but won't reveal on the 'internet'. That may make them feel better.
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          romi
          Jul 7, 2017 at 9:26 pm
          india china 2 most populated nations need to stay live peacefully as 2.7billion cannot afford to live in hatred of eachother Been travelling to china since years. Never felt any hatred among Chinese for Indians. sadly they have no say in their political system definitely will not want bad relations among two neighbours Hope both leaders will sort out differences
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            kaushik
            Jul 7, 2017 at 7:49 pm
            China should be given a lesson that every desire it has, is not going to be granted. It should also respect other countries , no matter stronger nations or small weaker. it should respect others sovereignty and have a control on its greed over others land. It should also know...everything is not like Tibet which it occupied... China and india both have developed a lot after their last war but the whatever be the result of it... one thing is sure...china's greed is going to be ceased this time.... Chinese press is also blowing out of control and creating a lot of ugly noise.. but every-time getting more and more humiliated with what it says.....so now they should think of something else and write for betterment of people and save their pride by going back to their original positions. Dragon and tiger together can co-exist peacefully.
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              Adrian Akau
              Jul 7, 2017 at 1:50 pm
              The situation should not remain status quo for too much longer. China has given warning and will not back down.
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                Dasari
                Jul 7, 2017 at 12:42 pm
                Congshuai Shang wrote: "If this was a fight no matter win or lose, suffer are ordinary people." But now the problem with China is that it wants occupy poor peoples lands like Bhutan as already it occupied Tibet and has renamed Arunachal Pradesh as their own in Chinese language and tomorrow it can rename India in Chinese as Tibetian India or something. Greed of China is wellknown throughtout the world and South China Sea is the best example of its expansionist policies.
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                  Dasari
                  Jul 7, 2017 at 12:36 pm
                  It s high time based on experience with treacherous China to keep all hour vigil on its borders even in mountains, building better infra like roads and airstrips, command centres along Arunachal Pradesh to Kashmir to face any skirmishes with it. China is a big bully and future is that it will browbeat India with its cheap tactics in disturbing our development which it cannot tolerate as it wants to be world power surpassing US. Indian leadership now has strength unlike Italian regime which only can do such strong exercise and keep India in its legal rightful position.
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                    Aster
                    Jul 7, 2017 at 10:20 am
                    China has not fought World war neither any other war with strong country. In 1962 case was different with Nehru as weak person. Now India has experience of winning 3 wars and can teach lesson to China. Also Indian Army is physically well built compared to Chinese. They could not defeat small country like Vietnam forget to fight with NUCLEAR India.
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                      suresh pandey
                      Jul 7, 2017 at 11:35 am
                      Indian economy is only one fourth of Chinese economy and China spends more than four times what India spends on defense. Their air force and navy also outnumbers India. It would be foolish to think of nuclear war as China is also a nuclear power and it has got more nuclear bombs than India and its land mass is more than three times of India. Best way is to diffuse the situation diplomatically as it has been diffused earlier.
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                        Siddharth Shankar
                        Jul 7, 2017 at 11:54 am
                        Taliban economy is what percent of US economy , or Pakistan economy is what percent of Indian economy?? Indian AF is pretty well matched against PLAAF in technology, and PLAAF will not risk losing 80 of it's air assets to fight India. If China is a nuclear power than India is too, and China has the onus as it tried to change the status-quo. A very large majority of the Chinese population lives on the coast. A nuclear war will be worse for them.
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                        mark
                        Jul 7, 2017 at 5:29 pm
                        China fought world war against Japan in extremely difficult conditions (warlords, civil war between Nationalists and Communists) without much help for years and at a tremendous human cost. Some experts even think that, for practical purpose, and an Asian point of view, WWII started in 1937 with Zappanese attack on China. The Nationalists bore the heaviest cost and so were badly weakened (hence 1947 and their defeat at the hand of Communists).
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                          Ghamandi Singh
                          Jul 7, 2017 at 10:03 pm
                          Nehru. Indira Gandhi and Rajiv are hated by the Jews as they did not let the Jew in. The ill-educated Modi is the selected leader of the Jews. Indira Gandhi blasted the bomb in 1974 the Jews were howling and Jewish Communist plants like Bhabhani Sengupta and his boss Cohan attacking India. Indira made the missiles and Indira fragmented Pakistan, China ran so did the USA keep aloof. India today has a great general Rawat of the class of Sundarji and China can do nothing, also the game is known to experts. The Jewish controlled media is using pseudo-names and giving hits to push their agenda in India but they shall fail since India is not the USA. We shall go our own way. Today Congress Party is corrupt thus we shunted them. Most data on China is fake and planted by the U.S. Jewish media. Bharat Mata Ki Jai! P.S. We shall liquidate the Islamic fundamentalists and still respect all religions.
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