07 Oct 2017/Friday
China has maintained a sizable presence of its troops near the site of the DOKLAM after the standoff with India and even started widening the existing road which is at a distance of around 12km from the Trijunction, reports Indian newspaper Times of India.
There are also reports that People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has increased more troops on its forward post in Yatung.
Sources said though Chinese troops have been deployed in Doklam Plateau, they leave the area during winters. But, there were indications that they may not leave the areas this time, they added
China has been slowly increasing its troop level in the Doklam Plateau which could further escalate the current situation as India has reasons to be concerned over it.
An indication of tension between the two countries, in the Doklam Plateau was also given by Air Chief Marshal B. S. Dhanoa on Thursday.
“The two sides are not in a physical face-off as we speak. However, their forces in Chumbi Valley are still deployed and I expect them to withdraw as their exercise in the area gets over,” Dhanoa told reporters.
There has been territorial disputes between China and Bhutan over Doklam and India has been staunchly supporting Thimphu over the issue.
Troops of India and China were locked in a 73-day-long standoff in Doklam since 16 June after the Indian side stopped the building of a road in the disputed area by the Chinese Army. Bhutan and China have a dispute over Doklam.
Bhutan and India were in touch with each other during the course of the face-off that ended on 28 August.