New Delhi, August 18: After deploying more troops along the China border last week, Chiefs of Staff Committee comprising chiefs of the Army, Navy and Indian Air Force has reviewed the security preparedness of the three services along the Sino-India border.
Meanwhile, Japan is the first major country, which is China's neighbour, to have expressed its unequivocal support for India with respect to the Doklam border standoff between India and China. Japan has conveyed its support to India and Bhutan through diplomatic channels, a month ahead of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to India from September 13 to 15.
The decision to increase the deployment along the nearly 1,400-km Sino-India border from Sikkim to Arunachal Pradesh was taken after carrying out a detailed analysis of the situation and considering China’s aggressive posturing against India on Dokalam, the officials had told PTI last week.
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.