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India and China Heighten War Readiness as Himalayan Standoff Continues

  • India and China Heighten War Readiness as Himalayan Standoff Continues
    by K. Ratnayake, 14 August 2017, https://www.wsws.org/
    Media reports indicate that both India and China have increased military deployments along their disputed border, increasing the danger that their eight-week-long standoff on the Doklam Plateau—a ridge in the Himalayan foothills claimed by both China and Bhutan—could cascade into war.

    Beijing is said to have stationed 800 People’s Liberation Army troops near to where 300 Chinese troops are deployed on the Doklam Plateau “eyeball-to-eyeball” from Indian forces. Some Indian sources are also claiming that China has sent Chengdu J-9 and J-10 fighter jets to Tibet and deployed surface-to-air missile batteries near its disputed border with the northeast Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh.

    The Indian Army, meanwhile, has ordered troops from its 3rd and 4th Corps to move closer to the Line of Actual Control that separates Arunachal Pradesh from Chinese Tibet and placed them in high-alert, “No War, No Peace mode.”

    The Indian Army’s presence in Sikkim, the Indian state closest to the site of the standoff, was expanded earlier in the crisis. The units that were advanced toward the border with China at that time remain in forward-deployed positions.

    On Thursday, News18 reported that residents of Nathang, a village in Sikkim situated some 35 kilometers from the Doklam Plateau, were leaving the area. Indian government and army officials have denied that an evacuation has been ordered. The report said that it was unclear “if an (evacuation) order has been issued to accommodate thousands of soldiers of the 33 Corps who are reportedly moving from Sukna (West Bengal) towards Doklam” or as a “precautionary measure to avoid civilian casualties in case of a skirmish.”

    The Indian-based The Quint website has since confirmed that “33 Corps, which was mobilized nearly a month ago, has moved ‘very close’ to the India-China border in Sikkim as part of the massive positioning of troops in the wake of the continuing standoff over the Doklam issue.”

    Since the standoff began on June 18, Beijing and New Delhi have each insisted that the other has taken unprecedentedly aggressive action—action that requires a hardline response.

    Beijing says it is unprecedented for Indian troops to confront Chinese forces on territory that India does not claim as its own, but rather considers to belong to a third country, Bhutan. New Delhi, which deployed its troops to prevent Chinese construction workers from expanding a road on the Plateau, said that the roadwork violated a “standstill agreement” Beijing has with Bhutan pending resolution of their border dispute and, moreover, that its core “strategic” interests are at stake, because Chinese control over the Doklam would increase the vulnerability of the Siliguri Corridor—a narrow slice of territory that links India’s seven northeastern states with the rest of the country.

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August 16, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , | Comments Off on India and China Heighten War Readiness as Himalayan Standoff Continues

India’s Military Said to Increase Alert Along Tense China Border. Upto 50,000 Soldiers Have Been Put On Notice

  • India’s Military Said to Increase Alert Along Tense China Border
    by Nc Bipindra, http://www.bloomberg.com/, 12 Aug 2017
    * Up to 50,000 soldiers have been put on notice, officials say
    * Move is latest in eight-week standoff at remote tri-junction

    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 matter said.

    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.

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/china-india-bhutan-border-military-operation-remove-troops-build-up-road-a7880521.html

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https://www.rt.com/news/398315-china-threat-india-war-doklam/

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August 14, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , | Comments Off on India’s Military Said to Increase Alert Along Tense China Border. Upto 50,000 Soldiers Have Been Put On Notice

India Deploys More Troops Along China Border, Raises “Caution” Level

  • India Deploys More Troops Along China Border, Raises “Caution” Level
    by Tyler Durden, http://www.zerohedge.com/
    With the world obsessing over every increasingly childish outburst in the daily back and forth between Trump and Kim Jong-Un, another conflict which has so far gone largely unnoticed by the global media continues to grow on the border between India and China.

    As reported yesterday, in the most recent escalation between the two nuclear powers, the Indian Army ordered the evacuation of a village close to the Doklam India-Bhutan-China tri-junction amid to a standoff between Indian and Chinese soldiers. This takes place just days after China turned the war threat amplifier up to ’11’ by threatening India (in an article published a Chinese state-controlled newspaper) that it could conduct a “small-scale military operation” to expel Indian troops from a contested region in the Himalayas.

    For those who need a reminder, the latest geopolitical standoff between India and China started in June, after Chinese troops started building a road on a remote plateau which is disputed by China and Bhutan. Indian troops countered by moving to the flashpoint zone to halt the work, with China accusing them of violating its territorial sovereignty and calling for their immediate withdrawal.

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August 12, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , | Comments Off on India Deploys More Troops Along China Border, Raises “Caution” Level

In Escalating Standoff, Indian Army Orders People Near Chinese Border To Vacate Village

  • In Escalating Standoff, Indian Army Orders People Near Chinese Border To Vacate Village
    by Tyler Durden, http://www.zerohedge.com
    In the latest escalation between two nuclear powers (aside for the US and North Korea of course), the Indian Army has ordered the evacuation of a village close to the Doklam India-Bhutan-China tri-junction amid to a standoff between Indian and Chinese solders, India’s News 18 reports. This takes place just days after, as we reported earlier this week, China turned the war threat amplifier up to ’11’ by threatening India (in an article published a Chinese state-controlled newspaper) that it could conduct a “small-scale military operation” to expel Indian troops from a contested region in the Himalayas.

    As a reminder, the latest standoff started in June, after Chinese troops started building a road on a remote plateau, which is disputed by China and Bhutan. Indian troops countered by moving to the flashpoint zone to halt the work, with China accusing them of violating its territorial sovereignty and calling for their immediate withdrawal.

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August 10, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , | Comments Off on In Escalating Standoff, Indian Army Orders People Near Chinese Border To Vacate Village

China Threatens “Small Scale Military Operation” To Remove India From Bhutan Border

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/china-india-bhutan-border-military-operation-remove-troops-build-up-road-a7880521.html

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  • China Threatens “Small Scale Military Operation” To Remove India From Bhutan Border
    by Tyler Durden, http://www.zerohedge.com
    In the latest escalation between two nuclear powers, China has turned the war threat amplifier up to ’11’ by threatening India (in an article published a Chinese state-controlled newspaper) that it could conduct a “small-scale military operation” to expel Indian troops from a contested region in the Himalayas.

    The latest standoff started in June, after Chinese troops started building a road on a remote plateau, which is disputed by China and Bhutan. Indian troops countered by moving to the flashpoint zone to halt the work, with China accusing them of violating its territorial sovereignty and calling for their immediate withdrawal.

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August 9, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , | Comments Off on China Threatens “Small Scale Military Operation” To Remove India From Bhutan Border

China Prepares for War Against India – Both Are Nuclear Powers

  • Will the Synagogue of Satan be able to trigger their Satanic WW3 plan on time for the arrival of the fallen angels? They are running out of time.
  • China Prepares for War Against India – Both Are Nuclear Powers
    by  | http://www.Infowars.com
    Two nuclear powers, China and India, may soon go to war over the disputed Doklam area, state-run Chinese media reported.

    The Doklam area, which lies on the ill-defined border between Bhutan and China, was taken over by India in June when its soldiers stopped the Chinese military from building a road in the region, which is remote, treacherous and sparsely populated.


    “India’s recklessness has shocked the Chinese,” the Global Times stated. “…Over the past month, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has been on the move. We believe that the PLA has made sufficient preparation for military confrontation.”

    “Indian border troops are no rival to PLA field forces.” “If a war spreads, the PLA is perfectly capable of annihilating all Indian troops in the border region,” the article added.

    India had entered the disputed region by an invitation from Bhutan, but now China may try to force the Indian military out of Doklam within the next two weeks. The conflict stems from a long-standing territorial dispute between the two nuclear powers due to conflicting treaties regarding its shared 2500 mile border.

    India is claiming over 150,000 square miles of territory controlled by China whereas China claims nearly 350,000 square miles of Indian-controlled land. To put it into perspective, the state of Montana is a little over 147,000 square miles whereas Venezuela is around 340,000 square miles.

    Since June, Chinese and Indian soldiers have faced each other “eyeball to eyeball” on a de facto frontline. If the hostility continues – and there’s no signs of it stopping – it’ll place President Trump in a challenging situation as he continues to lean on China’s influence over North Korea to stop the hermit kingdom from starting a war of its own. China and India have at least 250 and 100 nuclear weapons respectively.

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August 8, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on China Prepares for War Against India – Both Are Nuclear Powers

India-China Border Dispute Sees No Signs of Easing

  • Published on Aug 6, 2017
    The stand-off between New Delhi and Beijing over a disputed border region near Bhutan continues with no end in sight. While India is seeking to solve the situation through diplomatic efforts, China prefers to flex its muscles by holding drills near the disputed region.

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August 7, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , | Comments Off on India-China Border Dispute Sees No Signs of Easing

China Warns India Not to ‘Push Its Luck’ Amid Border Stand-Off in Himalayas

  • China Warns India Not to ‘Push Its Luck’ Amid Border Stand-Off in Himalayas
    by https://www.rt.com/, 24 July 2017
    China has warned India not to “cling to fantasies” amid a tense border stand-off, which also involves Bhutan, involving disputed territory in the Himalayas. Earlier, China staged live-fire drills in the area while India deployed troops there.

    “China’s determination and resolve to safeguard national security and sovereignty is unshakable,”
    Defense Ministry spokesman Senior Colonel Wu Qian said in a statement on Monday, as cited by AP and local media. His words come ahead of the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA).  


    “Don’t push your luck and cling to any fantasies,”
     Wu said. “The 90-year history of the PLA has proved but one thing: that our military means to secure our country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity has strengthened and our determination has never wavered. It is easier to shake a mountain than to shake the PLA.”

    China and Indian ally Bhutan have been disputing the narrow Doklam plateau at the tri-junction of the three countries’ borders for decades. India says the area is Bhutanese. Tensions between Beijing and Delhi escalated this June when Chinese teams started building a road on the plateau. Bhutan requested help from India, which sent its troops across the border.


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July 25, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , | Comments Off on China Warns India Not to ‘Push Its Luck’ Amid Border Stand-Off in Himalayas

China Moves Tons of Military Equipment to Area of Border Dispute with India

  • Published on Jul 23, 2017
    China and India are locked yet again in a stand-off of Himalayan proportions. Almost five weeks after Indian troops trespassed and forcibly halted the activities of a Chinese road construction crew on a narrow plateau at the China-Bhutan-India tri-junction area in the Sikkim Himalayas, the two sides appear no closer to resolving their quarrel. The area in question, Doklam, is the subject of a legal dispute between China and Bhutan, is under the effective jurisdiction of China, and holds an important security interest to India.
  • INDIA’S GOT ITSELF INTO A FINE MESS IN DOKLAM, IT’S TIME TO GET OUT AND LET CHINA AND BHUTAN WORK IT OUT
    by SOURABH GUPTA, http://www.scmp.com/thisweekinasia/
    India is militarily engaging a state actor from the soil of a third country over a piece of land its partner country does not even control. Not even the mighty US does that.

    China and India are locked yet again in a stand-off of Himalayan proportions. Almost five weeks after Indian troops trespassed and forcibly halted the activities of a Chinese road construction crew on a narrow plateau at the China-Bhutan-India tri-junction area in the Sikkim Himalayas, the two sides appear no closer to resolving their quarrel. The area in question, Doklam, is the subject of a legal dispute between China and Bhutan, is under the effective jurisdiction of China, and holds an important security interest to India.

    This is India’s China war, Round Two

    The restoration of the status quo ante in the Doklam area will be a protracted affair. Unlike previous impasses on their disputed Himalayan frontier earlier this decade, which coincided with a warming phase in ties and were wound down with the exhibition of good sense on both sides, bilateral ties have hit a sour patch. China, as the aggrieved party, bears little interest in unwinding the stand-off on terms other than its own. Worse, there is no agreed definition among the parties of the object of discord at stake – to the point that China does not even view India as the appropriate interlocutor to engage with to unwind the stand-off.

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http://www.newsweek.com/china-ready-war-india-open-fire-border-638300

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July 24, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , | Comments Off on China Moves Tons of Military Equipment to Area of Border Dispute with India