India intensifies troop deployment to counter China’s assertiveness along border near Tibetan region

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 31, 2018 7:26 pm

India’s opposition to China’s attempts to construct a road on the Doklam plateau emerged as the major flashpoint between the two Asian giants.

Following the Doklam standoff, India has intensified patrolling and deployed more troops in the mountainous terrains of Dibang, Dau-Delai and Lohit valleys as part of a strategy to counter China’s rising assertiveness along the borders in the Tibetan region in Arunachal sector, PTI reported.

“Post Doklam, we have increased our activities manifold. We are fully prepared to deal with any challenge,” said an army officer posted in Kibithu, the easternmost village on India’s border with China’s Tibetan region.

Pointing out that India has been focussing on dominating the treacherous terrains which include snow-clad mountains at an altitude of over 17,000 feet and river passes, military officials stated that India is also strengthening its surveillance mechanism to keep an eye on Chinese activities along the borders in the strategically sensitive Tibetan region and has even been regularly deploying choppers to carry out recce.

Interestingly, the latest development comes ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Qingdao in China for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit on…

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