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India Army Steps Up Troop Levels on China Border


Bhutan reportedly requested Indian intervention to halt China's construction of a road that India views as a security threat.

Sources were responding to a claim made a few days back by a top Chinese diplomat that Bhutan had conveyed to Beijing through diplomatic channels that the area of the stand-off was not its territory.

On the sidelines of the 15th BIMSTEC ministerial meeting, Union External Affairs Ministers (EAM) Sushma Swaraj on Friday held bilateral talks with Bhutanese Foreign Minister Damcho Dorji in Nepal's capital Kathmandu.

Earlier on Thursday, the Government of Bhutan refuted Chinese foreign ministry claims about Thimpu telling Beijing that Doklam is not Bhutan's territory.

The Times of India quoted government sources as saying that there has been "some build-up" in terms of movement of additional troops and tanks as well as artillery and air defence units in the Tibet Military District by the People's Liberation Army (PLA).

India has increased a military alert along its eastern border with China, moving troops and weapons into the region amid a weeks-long standoff between the two countries that shows no signs of resolution.

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

"Our canvas of cooperation is very wide-ranging and both the leaders had an opportunity to discuss a range of issues", he said.

The China-India relationship has deteriorated in recent years, prompted by China's support of Pakistan and increased presence in smaller South Asian nations, and India's public embrace of the Dali Lama and improved relations with the United States. "Bhutan does not have the ability to reclaim the land", the Quora post by the worldwide Chinese student at a U.S. university said.

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

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