Doklam Standoff: Why India Is Justified In Upping Ante Against China In Sikkim, Arunachal


Doklam standoff

As the standoff between Indian Army and Chinese People’s Liberation Army continues for over two months during which Beijing engaged in aggressive rhetoric, New Delhi has increased the alert level on the eastern sector of India-China border.

The Indian Army is reported to have mobilised soldiers from Sukna-based 33 Corps as well as 3 and 4 Corps based in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. The army personnel have not been deployed at the border but are present at some distance in what is being referred to as “no war, no peace” mode.

The decision of the Indian Army to increase the alert level comes in the wake of aggressive posturing by China and reports that Chinese army has moved its troops closer to the international border.  The move by the Indian Army is guided by the security concerns for the seven northeastern states and Sikkim.

DOKLAM AND THE NORTHEAST

The Doklam standoff highlights the security concerns of the northeastern states, which may be vulnerable in case there is sudden Chinese military aggression. Doklam plateau is not very far from the Silliguri Corridor – also referred to as the Chicken Neck – that connects the northeastern states with the rest of India. Read more

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