Dok­lam: Army digs in for the long haul

Pre­pares for long haul near bor­der, re­fuses to wilt un­der any pres­sure from China

The Asian Age - - The Asian Age -

The Army ap­pears to be in no hurry to pull back from its po­si­tion in the Dok­lam area near the In­dia-China-Bhutan tri­junc­tion as it pre­pared for a long haul by pitch­ing tents for its per­son­nel, over­look­ing Bei­jing’s ob­jec­tions.

A steady line of sup­plies is be­ing main­tained for sol­diers at the site, of­fi­cial sources were cited as say­ing while sound­ing con­fi­dent of find­ing a diplo­matic solution to the dis­pute. Though China has been ag­gres­sively as­sert­ing it was not ready for any “com­pro­mise” and the “ball is in In­dia’s court”, the view in the se­cu­rity es­tab­lish­ment here is there can­not be any uni­lat­eral ap­proach in de­fus­ing the face-off.

The In­dian Army is ready for a long haul in hold­ing on to its po­si­tion in the Dok­lam area near the In­dia-China-Bhutan tri­junc­tion, notwith­stand­ing China step­ping up its rhetoric against In­dia de­mand­ing pulling back of its troops.

The In­dian sol­diers de­ployed in the dis­puted area have pitched in tents, in an in­di­ca­tion that they are un­likely to re­treat un­less there was rec­i­proc­ity from China’s PLA per­son­nel in end­ing the face­off at an al­ti­tude of around 10,000 feet in the Sikkim sec­tion.

A steady line of sup­plies is be­ing main­tained for the sol­diers at the site, of­fi­cial sources were cited by news agen­cies as say­ing, sig­nalling that the In­dian Army is not go­ing to wilt un­der any pres­sure from China.

At the same time they sounded con­fi­dent of find­ing a diplo­matic solution to the dis­pute, cit­ing res­o­lu­tion of bor­der skir­mishes in the past through diplo­macy.

Though China has been ag­gres­sively as­sert­ing that it was not ready for any “com­pro­mise” and that the “ball is in In­dia’s court”, the view in the se­cu­rity es­tab­lish­ment here is that there can­not be any uni­lat­eral ap­proach in de­fus­ing the ten­sion.

The In­dian Army had last month made its firstever mil­i­tary in­ter­ven­tion of sorts on be­half of Bhutan by phys­i­cally block­ing Chi­nese troops from con­struct­ing a road in the Bhutanese “Dok­lam area” bor­der ter­ri­tory near In­dian bor­der de­fences.

“On 16 June, a PLA con­struc­tion party en­tered the Dok­lam area and at­tempted to con­struct a road. It is our un­der­stand­ing that a Royal Bhutan Army pa­trol at­tempted to dis­suade them from this uni­lat­eral ac­tiv­ity. The am­bas­sador of the Royal Gov­ern­ment of Bhutan (RGOB) has pub­licly stated that it lodged a protest with the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment through their em­bassy in New Delhi on 20 June,” the min­istry of ex­ter­nal af­fairs (MEA) had ear­lier said.

“In keep­ing with their tra­di­tion of main­tain­ing close con­sul­ta­tion on mat­ters of mu­tual in­ter­est, RGOB and the Gov­ern­ment of In­dia have been in con­tin­u­ous con­tact through the un­fold­ing of these de­vel­op­ments. In co­or­di­na­tion with the RGOB, In­dian per­son­nel, who were present at gen­eral area Doka La (Sikkim), ap­proached the Chi­nese con­struc­tion party and urged them to de­sist from chang­ing the sta­tus quo. These ef­forts con­tinue,” the MEA had also ear­lier said.

“In this con­text, the In­dian side has un­der­lined that the two gov­ern­ments had in 2012 reached agree­ment that the tri-junc­tion bound­ary points be­tween In­dia, China and third coun­tries will be fi­nalised in con­sul­ta­tion with the con­cerned coun­tries. Any at­tempt, there­fore, to uni­lat­er­ally de­ter­mine tri­junc­tion points is in vi­o­la­tion of this un­der­stand­ing,” New Delhi had ear­lier said.

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