Doklam standoff: Indian Army orders villagers near Doklam to vacate houses

The Dalai Lama said that the only way forward is the old adage of'Hindi Chini Bhai Bhai. PTI file

"I believe that China has taken certain provocative steps that have escalated into the current standoff on the plateau", Raja Krishnamoorthi, the Congressman from IL, said. Once it is done India will also ask its troops to withdraw. The only extraordinary Indian movement in the area involves maintaining and replacing the 300 odd Indian soldiers deployed in the Doklam plateau. Villagers of Nathang have confirmed witnessing heavy troop movement in the area of late. India, on the other hand, has asked its Sukna-based 33 Corps to be in the state of full preparedness and wait for orders if reinforcement at Doklam or Doka La is required. On the occasion of World Tribal Day, the community lauded the Indian army's efforts to prevent Chinese intrusion.

Gargash said he conveyed to Indian leaders that the squabble with Qatar will not impact the Indian community as well as Indian interests in the region further assuring the well being of blue-collar workers from India.

An editorial in the state-run China Daily read, "The countdown to a clash between the two forces has begun, and the clock is ticking away the time to what seems to be an inevitable conclusion".

Of the 3,488-km-long India-China border from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, a 220-km section falls in Sikkim. "It wants to challenge China and to demonstrate to the West that India wants to play a bigger role in the regional and the global affairs", he finally suggested. "Yet New Delhi refuses to come to its senses and pull its troops back to its own side of the border", it stated. As per report, Army said that they were in a "no war, no peace" mode.

After reports of China gearing up for a "small-scale military operation" to oust Indian soldiers from the border in Doklam made news, the Chinese media has been on a roll, even accusing New Delhi of trying to invade Bhutan to turn the kingdom into its protectorate. The Indian Army is involved in training the Royal Bhutan Army, while Bhutan cooperates closely with India in determining its foreign policy. Pema Wangchhuk, the then Secretary of International Boundaries of Bhutanese Government, told the members of the country's National Council in November, 2009 that Doklam was one of the disputed areas between Bhutan and China in the western region of the kingdom.

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