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China and India reportedly beef up borders around Sikkim area

Fifty-three Indian soldiers and a bulldozer were present at the Doklam area, a report in a state-run daily said, quoting the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

The ministry, according to the Global Times, asked India to withdraw its troops and equipment from what it called the “Chinese territory”.

The military standoff between China and India in the Doklam region has lasted for almost two months now
Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Doklam, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region.

Citing the ministry, the daily said that 53 people and a bulldozer from the Indian side remain in “Chinese territory” as of Monday.

“India should withdraw its troops and equipment…They have gravely infringed on China’s sovereignty,” the ministry was quoted as having said by the daily.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang last week said that “there were 48 Indian soldiers and one bulldozer” in Doklam area as of August 2.

“In addition, there are still a large number of Indian armed forces congregating on the boundary and on the Indian side of the boundary,” Geng had said.

A 15-page fact sheet issued by the Chinese Foreign Ministry had earlier said that there were over 40 Indian border troops and one bulldozer in the area by the July end.

Countering Chinese contention, sources in New Delhi last week maintained that around 350 Indian Army personnel have been in Doklam for last six weeks after China tried to build a road in the area, triggering the standoff.

India and China have been locked in a face-off in the Doklam area of the Sikkim sector for over 50 days after Indian troops stopped the Chinese Army from building a road in the area.

China claimed it was constructing the road within their territory and has been demanding immediate pull-out of the Indian troops from the disputed Doklam plateau.

Bhutan says Doklam belongs to it but China claims the area belongs to it and says Thimphu has no dispute with Beijing over it.

Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Doklam, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region.

The military standoff between China and India in the Doklam region has lasted for almost two months now, and there is still no end in sight, the Chinese daily added.

India’s position on the issue was made clear by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj recently, saying both sides should first pull back their troops for any talks to take place, favouring a peaceful resolution of the border standoff.

Source:

http://m.timesofindia.com/india/53-indian-troops-still-present-at-doklam-china/articleshow/59990978.cms

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India, Pakistan tensions mount as armies exchange heavy fire along LoC in Jammu and Kashmir, casualties reported

The Pakistan Army said four Indian soldiers were killed and two of their check posts were destroyed on Sunday, after seven people were killed in unprovoked Indian shelling across the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir, the army said in a statement on Monday.

Armoured vehicles, including Air Def systems, spotted in North East India today as China beefs up positions on Sikkim border

India and China have both rushed additional troops to the frontier region of Sikkim in the High Himalayas after a clash earlier this month.

India said Chinese troops crossed the Line of Actual Control on Jun 10 at Lalten outpost and smashed two Indian bunkers before being stopped by a ‘human chain’ formed by Indian soldiers.

But there was no firing and a timely flag meeting helped control the situation.

The Chinese foreign office broke its silence on Tuesday, blaming Indian troops for crossing the Line of Actual Control (LAC) to stop some construction by the Chinese.

Chinese officials in the Tibet Autonomous Region have said they will not allow Indian pilgrims to visit Manas Sarvovar lake in Tibet until the faceoff between Indian and Chinese troops is resolved.

Chinese troops crossed the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Indian state of Sikkim on Jun 10, smashed two bunkers before they were stopped by Indian soldiers.

“They tried to push further and they were filming the action. We stopped them and managed to push them back. But neither we nor they fired” said an Indian brigadier on condition of anonymity.

He insisted there was no firing and the situation was now said to be under control.

Indian and Chinese troops have usually been involved in aggressive border patrolling over a disputed frontier since bilateral relations nosedived as the Modi administration stepped up the ante on a host of contentious issues.

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