In Doklam ‘Lesson’, India Boosts Army Presence At Tri-Junction Near Tibet

Indian soldiers were locked in a standoff with Chinese troops at Doklam last year (Representational).

Walong, Arunachal Pradesh:  Indian troops deployed along the disputed Sino-India border in the Himalayan range of the Arunachal sector have increased their patrolling at a tri-junction of India, China and Myanmar to prevent a repeat of a Doklam-like standoff.Top Army officials told PTI that the tri-junction, located around 50 km from Walong, the easternmost town of India near the Tibet region, 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.

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

Walong, situated on the bank of Lohit River, had witnessed daring Indian resistance against Chinese aggression during the 1962 war between the two countries.

The deepening of military engagement between China and Myanmar was another reason for India ramping up its presence at the tri-junction with thick rainforests on the Himalayan ranges.

The official said Myanmarese border guarding forces did not patrol the tri-junction.

“After the tri-junction in Doklam in the Sikkim sector,…

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