India has increased its military alert along its eastern border with China, placing around 50,000 soldiers on notice amid an eight-week-long stand-off with Chinese troops near a three-way junction between Bhutan, China and India,
people familiar with the
The ‘no war, no peace’ operational alert among the soldiers along the 1,500-kilometer (932 miles) stretch of the 4,057-km Sino-Indian Line of Actual Control was raised earlier this week following a threat assessment prompted by hardening Chinese rhetoric in the recent weeks, government officials who get regular updates on the situation said in New Delhi on Aug. 12. They asked not to be identified citing rules on speaking to the media.
The current stalemate involves 300 soldiers each from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army and the Indian Army standing just 100 meters (328 feet) apart at Doklam, a plateau at the tri-junction where the borders of India, China and Bhutan meet. On June 16, Indian Army troops stopped a road construction by the PLA following a protest from Bhutan that the Chinese soldiers were changing the
status-quo on the ground.
The troops on alert are part of the Indian Army deployment in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh, an Indian state that is entirely claimed by China. No additional troops have been sent to the borders with China, the officials said.
While the Doklam stand-off is being directly dealt with by 3,000 soldiers in Sikkim, the other troops deployed close to the Sino-Indian border along the entire eastern stretch of the Line of Actual Control have begun their preparations to stay there through the winter.