China must respect border pact, says India

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 13, 2017

A month after a tense Doklam stand-off with China, the Indian Army is now pushing for advance infrastructure along the borders in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, as part of the overall plan for "capability enhancement" along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat said that strong and advanced infrastructure is on their agenda.

While an operational alert was issued because of the border standoff with China in Doklam near the trijunction between India's Sikkim, China and Bhutan, an Indian Army exercise had also begun at that time, an annual feature before winter sets in, setting bells ringing across the border, which was followed by counter moves.

This resulted in a months-long standoff between the troops of both the nations at India's Sikkim border, where both sides told each other to withdraw from the region.

The standoff finally came to an end in August, when India's Ministry of External Affairs said that the countries had chose to pull back their troops from the border.

The move is likely to be matched by a similar pullback by China's People's Liberation Army, which had also garnered and consolidated its positions in the remote and inhospitable terrain in the Doklam plateau.

Chinese statement came a day after defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman made her maiden visit to the Nathu La post in the Sikkim sector of India-China border.

A proposal is now being made for "better command-and-control" of the Army battalions and to spread units from the Karakoram Pass to Lipulekh by putting them under one corps and three divisions, the report said.

Another proposal for inter-sector connectivity through lateral road links has already been made.

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