Caution alert at Doklam: Heavy troop build up along Indo-China border

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"China will not trade its territorial sovereignty under any circumstances", it said.

India's military has increased operational readiness along the eastern Indian border with China, sources said, as neither side shows any sign of backing off from a face-off in a remote Himalayan region near their disputed frontier.

At the site of the standoff, 250 to 350 Indian troops continue to hold their position.

According to Wang Wenli, deputy director general of the Department of Boundary and Ocean Affairs of China, through its diplomatic channels, Bhutan has conveyed to Beijing that Doklam, the area of the standoff is not Bhutan's territory.

"In other words, confronting India in the Himalayas is not a purely rational course of action driven by rational cost/benefit analysis", said the professor from the US Naval War College.

As NPR's Julie McCarthy reported last month, New Delhi and Beijing have been at odds over a strategic region called the Doklam Plateau, which is claimed both by China and by India's tiny ally, Bhutan. Indian soldiers recently stopped road construction in the area by the People's Liberation Army, concerned that China is changing the facts on the ground in the area.

Days after the Chinese foreign ministry claimed that Bhutan had confirmed to them that Doklam was not a part of its territory, the Bhutanese government has refuted claims by a Chinese diplomat that it has no dispute with China over Doklam.

This was the first high-level contact between the two sides since the beginning of the faceoff near the Sikkim border in mid-June.

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday met her Bhutanese counterpart Damcho Dorji, who hoped the standoff between India and China in Doklam sector will be addressed "peacefully and amicably".

In the state-run Global Times article, Chinese experts said that they fear a greater possibility of military clashes after India's defense minister said that his country could face "any challenge" to its security.

No additional troops have been sent to the borders with China, the officials said.

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