More Doklam-type events expected: Indian Army chief

Published: August 28, 2017
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Amid the ongoing standoff between the troops of India and China at Doklam in the Sikkim sector, Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has said that Beijing is attempting to “change the status quo” on its border with India and predicted that incidents like the current impasse in Doklam are likely to ‘increase’ in the future, Indian media reported.

The army chief said that even if Beijing and New Delhi arrive at a resolution regarding the current standoff, “our troops on the border should not feel it cannot happen again”.

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“My message to the troops is to not let down [their] guard,” TOI quoted the army chief as saying.

The current border tension was triggered by the construction of a road by China in the Doklam area. New Delhi has maintained that the road construction will threaten its national security.

The army chief said that India and China have been unable to arrive at a resolution regarding the tense ongoing standoff between their troops due to different ideas about how it should be carried out, adding that the matter should be “dealt with at diplomatic and political levels”, the media reported.

The Indian army chief noted that the capabilities of Chinese armed forces had progressed and Beijing’s influence in the region has been increasing as it developed economic and defence ties with neighbouring countries, such as Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

He maintained that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a violation of its sovereignty.

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The border trouble began in June when Chinese soldiers started to extend a road through the Doklam territory — known as ‘Donglang’ in Chinese.

The tense standoff between India and China has only escalated since then, raising concerns in both capitals of an all-out military conflict. Both sides have made threats while simultaneously calling for negotiations.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Fakhir
    Aug 28, 2017 - 12:07PM

    He looks more like a joker than an Indian Army Chief.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Aug 28, 2017 - 12:36PM

    main concern of Indo-US alliance is CPEC.Recommend

  • Pakistani Baluch
    Aug 28, 2017 - 1:17PM

    Indians have retreated…Recommend

  • Kushal
    Aug 28, 2017 - 1:26PM

    @Fakhir:
    I am sure Yahya Khan said that too in 1971.Recommend

  • JD
    Aug 28, 2017 - 1:26PM

    Face-saving statementRecommend

  • Prada
    Aug 28, 2017 - 2:31PM

    The Doklam crisis just ended !!
    China has agreed to go back to their pre-June 2016 positions!
    Apart from a few stones thrown at each other, no lives were lost.Recommend

  • Rollin & Trollin
    Aug 28, 2017 - 2:55PM

    @Fakhir:
    No, he looks just like all Indian Army Chiefs do: jokers.Recommend

  • Kam
    Aug 28, 2017 - 4:04PM

    I don’t know what’s stopping Pakistan to conduct a referendum in Northern areas and formally make it part of Pakistan as northern areas are not part of Kashmir.Recommend

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