Bhutan may be key to resolving Doklam crisis, Chinese scholar

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Chinese media reports suggest that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the United States, military hardware purchases from Washington, including drones, and India's participation with the US and Japan in the recent round of Malabar naval exercise in the Bay of Bengal, were influencing the dialogue between China and India on ending the Doklam crisis. The article argued that China must avoid war, but insist on Indian troop withdrawal from Doklam by other means. It is a demilitarised zone where Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) jawans are not allowed to take their weapons. "Transgressions do occur, which are due to differing perceptions of the Line of Actual Control", they said.

This incident comes amid severe tensions between India and China resulting from the Doklam standoff.

Chinese troops entered one kilometre into Indian territory and threatened shepherds grazing cattle in the Barahoti area of Uttarakhand's Chamoli district, officials said yesterday.


The purported movement of the Chinese troops took place even as India's National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval visited Beijing in an attempt to ease tensions in the border regions. "Partially, it (the news report) is correct", Bhatt told HT.Located 140 km from Dehradun, Barahoti is an 80-km-long pasture where local grazers go with their livestock.In Dehradun, officials admitted that they were surprised to learn about the media reports from Delhi on the Chinese intrusion in Chamoli district. In 1958, India and China listed Barahoti as a disputed area where neither side would send their troops. The standoff at Doklam was staged by China at the request of Pakistan to divert India's attention to unnecessary matters. India also patrols this area but without uniform or weapons, says a report. In the 1962 war, the PLA did not enter the middle sector.

There is no official word either from the Indian government or the Chinese administration on any of these developments.

Apart from India, China has also always been embroiled in a contest with Japan over East China Sea islands, as well as with five other governments over competing claims to territory in the strategically vital South China Sea.

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