#SikkimStandoff : India deployed more troops along China border after flag meeting remain inconclusive
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 12-Aug-2017

New Delhi, August 12: India has deployed more troops along the China border in Sikkim, Arunachal, following heightened tensions between both nations over the Doklam standoff. As per reports, senior government officials said that the caution level amongst troops has also been raised.

"The troop level along the border with China in the Sikkim and Arunachal sectors has been increased," said the officials on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the information. This came on a day when talks between the two countries held at the Major General level at the BMP post in Nathu La remained inconclusive, as anticipated. 

 

The Army's Sukna-based 33 Corps as well as 3 and 4 corps based in Arunachal and Assam are tasked to protect the sensitive Sino-India border in the eastern theatre. The officials declined to give any figure or percentage of increased deployment, saying they cannot disclose operational details.

The officials, however, said there is no enhancement of troops at the India-China-Bhutan tri-junction in Dokalam where around 350 army personnel are holding on to their position for nearly eight weeks after stopping Chinese troops from constructing a road on June 16.

Moreover, Army has also issued an Operational Alert for its formations guarding the area. Sukma based 33 Corps, which looks after Sikkim has advanced its annual training exercise, which including stocking of ration for winter, familiarising troops to the new area by acclimatization at higher altitude.

“War is not a solution and India would resolve the standoff with China through dialogue,” foreign minister Sushma Swaraj said in Parliament last week. But China has not budged from its stand that India must unilaterally withdraw its troops from Doklam.

Earlier, India said that it will continue to engage with China through diplomatic channels to find a mutually acceptable solution to Doklam stand-off. India continues to engage with China diplomatically and has been in close coordination with Bhutan in finding a mutually-acceptable solution to the border dispute issue.

Indian and Chinese soldiers have been locked in a face-off at Doklam in Sikkim sector for over a month after Indian troops stopped the Chinese army from building a road in the disputed area. Presently, the Doklam Plateau is occupied by both the Chinese People's Liberation Army and the Indian Army soldiers.

China has been expanding its territory aggressively, encouraging population settlements in the disputed areas. It was reported that China had moved heavy military equipment into Tibet's mountain regions, a move that hints at China's threatening military posture.