New Delhi, Mar 31: Fresh Chinese troop build-up by China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has been located on the other side of Arunachal Pradesh’s Kibithu, news agency ANI reported. The construction across Kibithu includes camps for the Chinese army, and houses. The camps and houses have been located in Tatu. In Tatu, a Chinese telecommunications tower and observation post with surveillance equipment have also been set up by the army.
Construction of telecommunication towers, army camps and houses have been located a few days after India’s ambassador to China Gautam Bambawale rubbished reports suggesting fresh Chinese troop build-up in Doklam and asserted that the status quo remains “unchanged”.
“No, I can tell you that in Doklam area, which we call close proximity or sometimes the face-off site, the area where there was close confrontation or close proximity between Indian and Chinese military troops, there is no change taking place today,” Bambawale said. (Also Read: Doklam Belongs to China, Hope India ‘Learnt Lessons’ From Stand-off: Beijing)
The Indian envoy, however, warned that any attempt by China to change the status quo would not be taken lightly. He added that any such attempt could lead to another Doklam-like stand-off between the two countries.
“In order to maintain the peace and tranquillity (along India-China border), there are certain areas, certain sectors which are very sensitive, where we must not change the status quo. If anyone changes the status quo, it will lead to a situation like what happened in Doklam,” Bambawale said.
Bambawale blamed China for changing the status quo which led to the 73-day Doklam stand-off. “Ours was a reaction to the change in the status quo by the Chinese military,” he said. He, however, clarified that “no change” has taken place in the standoff site at Dokalam after it was resolved last year. The two sides have so far held 20 rounds of boundary talks.