New Delhi, Oct 5: China has resumed its road building efforts in Doklam, just 10 kilometres from the site where Indian soldiers stopped the work three months ago. A media report said that the Chinese shifted the unused road construction material North and East of the site of the previous conflict. The construction workers are guarded by 500 soldiers of PLA. Also Read - Standoff Between Indian, Chinese Troops in Ladakh Ends After Delegation-level Talks
NDTV reported that the soldiers will be stationed in the Chinese town of Yatung, 20 km away from the site of construction. There are no signs of developing residential space for the Chinese soldiers in the area. The report further said the road construction activity had begun shortly after India and China announced de-escalation of tensions on August 28 ahead of PM Narendra Modi’s visit to China’s Xiamen for BRICS summit. Also Read - India-China Relations Looking up, Four Meetings at Highest Level in a Year Unprecendented: Sources
Indian soldiers had disrupted Chinese building activities in Doklam in June. Doklam is a disputed territory between China and Bhutan, and India acted on Bhutan’s behalf. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said in a statement made to Parliament that India’s territory faced danger from the Chinese activities as the area was near ‘Chicken’s Neck’–a narrow strip of land that connects the north-eastern states to the rest of India. Also Read - Arunachal Pradesh: Chinese Troops Cross Line of Actual Control, Sent Back by Indian Army
The confrontation at Doklam prompted the Chinese administration to issue threats through its state-controlled media including the threat to intervene in Jammu and Kashmir. The Chinese media made veiled references to PLAs supremacy over the Indian forces. However, India didn’t budge from its position– no talks until China withdrew its soldiers. Close on the heels of the BRICs summit, both countries decided to withdraw their forces. China had maintained that only India had withdrawn its soldiers.