China Continues With Its Fortifications In Doklam
A Chinese aggregation of troops and military infrastructure close to the bellicose Doklam plateau has acquired pace in November, with latest satellite images displaying new mortar positions, hardening of gun positions and evidence that over 5,000 troops could be stationed within 5-10 km from the conflict spot.
The buildup can be viewed in recent satellite imagery of 3 December. The deployment appears to have increased since the truce in August when Indian as well as Chinese troops withdrew from a road construction region in Doklam after a stressful standoff that continued over two months.
The extensive buildup can be seen at different locations southwest of Yadong town, all inside a 5-10 km aerial distance from the place where Indian and Chinese forces had faced off previously this year. The existence of nearly 9 battalions is apart from the troops that China has positioned only 50 km behind in the Chumbi valley.
More than 300 heavy duty trucks, new tunneling into the mountains to errect gun positions and making of several buildings to house troops show a Chinese resolve to remain prepared for action even across the winter.
Satellite images prove that work is developing at a feverish speed even in the winter. The pictures show nearly 9 three-storey buildings that are inhabited and about 300 big vehicles, indicating that nearly one division of troops are situated in regions in front of Yadong town.
The People’s Liberation Army of China continues to build infrastructure on a massive scale in the area south and southwest of Yadong town.
The platoon and company posts can accomodate over a battalion of troops. The single-storey barracks have been substituted by huge three-storey buildings with probable underground and camouflaged parking
The signal centre has been vastly improved by an earth receiving station, 4 big dish antennae, 2 massive aerials and a strong wall fencing. There is also a bit raised platform, probably for future stationing of vehicle-based radars.
Roads and tracks are being broadened and built all around. Big cranes, earth transferring equipment and construction material can be viewed almost everywhere. Several regions defiladed from Indian defences are being flatenned, possibly for future constructions.
A huge buildup of troops has been noticed immediately beneath the conflict area of Doklam. A good quantity of vehicles are viewed parked close to the riverside. Certain areas have vehicles concealed beneath camouflage nets along with a number of tents.
Some vehicles, including a number of smalll ones, are viewed near the 3-storey buildings, indicating the occupation of these buildings.
Chinese troops have previously transgressed more than 400 times on to the Indian side of the LAC.
These efforts of the PLA to construct roads and fortified structure are to maintain India on edge. Till now, the status quo has been retained by the Indian Army and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) who have stopped intrusions by the Chinese into the area claimed by India as its own.
Chinese foreign ministry holds that Doklam was Chinese sovereign territory, with Beijing being entitled to construct infrastructure at its discretion. Reacting to the reports citing satellite pictures of a Chinese military structure in the area, the Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson stated that he has also seen the concerned report and did not know who presented the photos.
Reason For Differences Between India And China On Doklam
Doklam is a disputed region in the trijuction of India, China and Bhutan. It rests on the Bhutan and China border and close to Indian border. Formerly, China and Bhutan had reached an agreement to keep peace and status-quo in the Doklam plateau. But lately the building of roads in the region by China has broken the Status quo.
Chumbi Valley near Doklam, acts as a buffer to the Silliguri corridor. Silliguri corridor is a slim patch of land that joins India with the north eastern states. Chumbi valley is strategically extremely important to India as well as China. Augmenting the military deployment in the Chumbi valley provides as easy way to obstruct the Silliguri corridor in the event of a future war between India and China which would spell big trouble for India.
India has a friendship agreement as a protector of Bhutan, thus it dispatched its troops to Doklam. Chinese actions may be an attempt to test India-Bhutan relationship. Surrendering Doklam without a contest could be interpreted as a weakness and prompt Beijing to bold moves in various other boundary disputes.
India has been able to see the ulterior motives of the Chinese and fortifying its military forces near border and readying the military forces in the event China wages a war against us.