Sikkim standoff: China moves loads of military hardware into Tibet

Sikkim standoff: China moves loads of military hardware into Tibet

India and China should work together to come up with "some better sort of arrangement" for peace, the United States said Wednesday, expressing concern over the standoff between their troops in the Sikkim sector.

The PLA Daily report had also noted that the military equipment is now at a place from where it would take the Chinese Army just six to seven hours to move it to the Sikkim border in case the need arises.

Even as the two armies have refused to withdraw from the disputed Doklam region, the Indian officials have explained that the PLA has "not made any disquieting troop movement" yet and said that there was nothing "unusual" about the military exercise.

"Diplomatic talks must be backed by military preparation", he said.

"Reinforcing the western front with personnel and hardware makes it much easier for commanders to defend Chinese borders", Wang Dehua of the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies told LiveMint.

Referring to Chinese military's recent live-fire exercise in the mountainous Tibet region, the government sources said it was a routine drill and will be an exaggeration to link it with the border face-off.

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"The (Doklam) border row this time is an action targetted at China that caters to the demand of India's religious nationalists", it claimed. China has adopted a tough stand over the issue and has been issuing warnings to India every other day.

China's state-run media has stepped up its rhetoric against India in recent weeks but there was no way to confirm the veracity of such claims.

China and India have a number of border disputes, although the section now in question is generally regarded as stable. China calls Doklam its own, but India and Bhutan call it Bhutanese territory.

India's assessment says the standoff in Dokalam near Sikkim remains localised with no major troop movement to Lhasa from the Chinese hinterland, which is needed to escalate the confrontation into a war-like situation. Now, both armies are eyeball-to-eyeball at Doklam.

"Since the illegal trespass by Indian border personnel, many foreign diplomats in China felt shocked about this and [wanted] to confirm whether it was true", the ministry's spokesman Lu Kang said when asked about the reported briefing.

Quoting an unnamed P5 official privy to the briefing, the newspaper said the diplomatic community in Beijing is anxious and some have conveyed this message to their Indian counterparts in Beijing and Bhutanese counterparts in New Delhi. The panel's members, including Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, posed a series of questions to him pertaining to stand-off.