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India increases deployment of troops along border with China near Tibet

  • Published at 08:07 pm April 1st, 2018
India increases deployment of troops along border with China near Tibet

Indian troops deployed along the Sino-India border in the Himalayan range of the Arunachal sector have increased their patrolling at a tri-junction of India, China and Myanmar – several Indian media reported.

PTI quoted top Indian army officials as saying that the tri-junction is extremely important for India to help it maintain its dominance in the nearby mountain passes and other areas.

"After the Doklam standoff, we have increased our presence on India's side of the tri-junction as it is very important for us from the strategic dimension," a senior army official said who was quoted in the Zee News.

He added that Chinese troops did not enter the tri-junction too frequently but had developed a road infrastructure near the area which could be advantageous for the mobilization of army personnel.

"After the tri-junction in Doklam in the Sikkim sector, this is the most important tri-junction along the Sino-India border," the officer was further quoted as saying by the news agency.

The tri-junction is located around 50km from Walong, a small cantonment and administrative town in the Anjaw District of the state of Arunachal Pradesh in northeastern India.

Meanwhile, right across the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Arunachal Pradesh, a cluster of fresh Chinese infrastructure has been observed, which includes a new camp for China’s People's Liberation Army (PLA) along with several houses.

The new constructions have come up in Tatu, which lies on the other side of Kibithu town in Arunachal's Anjaw district. Kibithu is one of the five Border Personnel Meeting points between the Indian Army and China's PLA.

A Chinese telecommunications tower and observation post with surveillance equipment were also observed, reported news agency ANI.

Troops of India and China were locked in a 73-day-long standoff in Doklam from June 16, 2017, after the Indian side stopped the building of a road in the area by the Chinese Army. The face-off had ended on August 28, 2017.