China makes base in Doklam, armoured vehicles, helipads present, claims report

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New trouble for India: China occupies North Doklam, with armoured vehicles & helipads

The Doklam conflict between Indian and China may have been resolved but the Chinese activity in the area has not gone down. A report in The Print claims that China has almost completely taken control of the northern side of the disputed plateau.

Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat had said a few days ago that China had been keeping its troops in North Doklam. “This is disputed territory between Bhutan and China. There has been a reduction in the strength of Chinese troops there. But there is the possibility that they could come back (in force) after the winter. We have to wait-and-watch,” he said.

The Print report says satellite images from December 10 show concrete posts, seven helipads, new trenches and several dozen armoured vehicles close to the point where the Indian Army and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops were locked in a 72-day confrontation last year.

TOI had reported on December 11 that 1,600-1,800 Chinese troops had virtually established a permanent presence in the Doklam area, near the Sikkim-Bhutan-Tibet trijunction, with the construction of two helipads, upgraded roads, scores of pre-fabricated huts, shelters and stores to withstand the freezing winter in the high-altitude region.

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