New Delhi, July 9: The Indian Army is ready for a long haul for holding its position in the disputed area of Doklam near the Bhutan tri-junction. On Sunday, several news organisation reported that officials from Indian Army had pitched several tents for a long haul in Doklam, notwithstanding China ratcheting up rhetoric against India demanding to pull back of its troops.
According to news agency PTI, the deployment of Indian soldiers in the disputed area is an indication that they are unlikely to retreat unless there was reciprocity from China’s PLA personnel in ending the face-off at an altitude of around 10,000 feet in the Sikkim section.
At the site, a steady line of supplies is being maintained for the soldiers, official sources said, signalling that Indian Army is not going to wilt under any pressure from China.
At the same Army sounded confident of finding a diplomatic solution to the dispute, citing resolution of border skirmishes in the past through diplomacy.
On the other side China aggressively asserted that they are not ready for any “compromise” and that the “ball is in India’s court”, the view in the security establishment here is that there cannot be any unilateral approach in defusing the tension.
In 2012, both the countries had agreed to a mechanism to resolve border flare-ups through consultations at various levels. So far the mechanism has not worked in the current case as the stand-off near the Bhutan trijunction, triggered by China’s attempt to build a road in the strategically important area, has dragged on for over three weeks.
India has already conveyed is a message to China saying that such an action would represent a significant change of status quo with “serious” security implications for India. The road link could give China a major military advantage over India.
Doka La is the Indian name for the region which is recognised as Doklam in Bhutan, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region.
Meanwhile, Bhutan and China are looking for a resolution of the dispute in the area. India argues that since it is a tri-junction involving the three countries, it also has a say in the issue, especially in the backdrop of 2012 agreement between special representatives of the two countries, that have till now held 19 rounds of talks.
According to reports, Bhutan has no diplomatic ties with China. As a close friend and neighbour, Bhutan enjoys diplomatic and military support from India.
Out of 3,488-km-long India-China border from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, a 220-km section falls in Sikkim.