Amid Doklam standoff, Sushma Swaraj meets Bhutanese Foreign Minister

Doklam dispute | China denies any offer to relocate troops

The Indian Army is reportedly ready with "Plan 45000" to teach the Chinese Army a lesson if war breaks out between the two countries.

China has been ramping up rhetoric against India over the last few weeks demanding immediate withdrawal of Indian troops from Doklam.

While Beijing is claiming that Indian soldiers are on Chinese territory, New Delhi has said as far as the boundary in the Sikkim sector is concerned, India and China had reached an understanding in 2012 reconfirming their mutual agreement on the "basis of the alignment".

Amid reports of troops moving on the Doklam plateau, senior army officers from India and China are likely to meet in Nathu La today. No additional troops have been sent to the borders with China, the officials said.

The Indian Army has enhanced its troop level along the entire stretch of Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh as part of annual exercise in high altitude area.

However, neither any border village in Sikkim was emptied nor was there any movement of artillery guns, army officials said.

"But I think that I would echo those sentiments of our own government leaders, America's national leadership, that we encourage both India and China to engage in diplomacy, to help reduce these tensions", he said. "There is no reason for panic". Therefore, the border standoff in the Doklam area is linked with China's domestic politics. The Doklam situation is bound to come up during the talks. The top American defense expert said that India's behavior vis-a-vis the Doklam border issue is quite similar to that of a mature power. Meanwhile, China has vociferously expressed its displeasure over India's move with the state-run media warning India of dire consequences if troops are not immediately withdrawn.

"Since this flag meeting hasn't resulted in a resolution of the conflict at Doklam, it appears to be a long-drawn affair", Narasimhan said.

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