India's army steps up troop level on China border

2017-08-12 07:21
Bumla Pass on the India-China border in Arunachal Pradesh. (Biju Boro, AFP)

Bumla Pass on the India-China border in Arunachal Pradesh. (Biju Boro, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

New Delhi - India has increased the number of troops along its northeastern border with China, reports said on Friday, amid a tense stand-off between Delhi and Beijing over a strategically key Himalayan plateau.

The "caution level" among the troops has also been raised, the Press Trust of India news agency said, quoting an unnamed government official.

"The troop level along the border with China in the Sikkim and Arunachal sectors has been increased," the official said without giving further details.

The official however said there was no deployment of extra troops at the tri-junction between India, China and Bhutan, where around 350 Indian army personnel have been locked in a face-off with Chinese troops for nearly seven weeks.

The border trouble began in June when Chinese soldiers started to extend a road through the Doklam territory - known as "Donglang" in Chinese. The area is disputed between China and Bhutan.

India, a close ally of Bhutan, then deployed troops to stop the construction project, prompting Beijing to accuse India of trespassing on Chinese soil.

China insists that India must withdraw its troops before any proper negotiation takes place. India said both sides should withdraw their forces.

The plateau is strategically significant as it gives China access to the so-called "chicken neck" - a thin strip of land connecting India's northeastern states with the rest of the country.

Mistrust between the giant neighbours is hundreds of years old with the pair having fought a brief war in 1962 in India's border state of Arunachal Pradesh.

Read more on:    india  |  china

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/World
 

For the love of Corgis!

WATCH: 35 Corgi's to make your day! If they’re good enough for the Queen of England they’re good enough for us.

 
 

Paws

Can we communicate with our pets?
8 great natural remedies for your pet
Buying a puppy? Don’t get scammed!
WATCH: These funny animal videos will make you LOL!
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.