Just months after media in India lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi for resolving Doklam crisis, it has emerged that China has built a full-fledged military complex in the region, that lies to the east of Sikkim.
A report by NDTV claimed that it had accessed some high resolution satellite images of the region that showed Chinese structures in the region.
“There are trenches visible at another site where there is Chinese construction. In all locations, military structures and infrastructure is visible. There are two helipads, clearly demarcated by an H marking,” NDTV reported.
This after media, mostly pro-government, in September claimed how Modi’s impressive diplomatic initiatives had ended the 70-day standoff in Doklam.
Commenting on the reported end of the crisis, Shishir Gupta of Hindustan Times had written, “Before he (Modi) entered the informal Brics meeting hosted by China post the G-20 summit at Hamburg, PM Modi had decided to take matters into his own hands; and take up the issue personally with President Xi. With Xi’s English to Chinese interpreter standing near him, PM Modi apparently walked up to the president and held his hand before making it clear that the Doklam stand-off was not in the interests of the two nations and the matters should be sorted out soon. President Xi apparently replied that he agreed with PM Modi and said that two sides should be diplomatically in touch with each other. This was the first thaw in the Doklam freeze.”
Speaking at a conclave in Delhi this week, the Indian army chief, General Bipin Rawat said, “As far as Doklam is concerned, PLA (China’s People’s Liberation Army) soldiers are there in a part of the area although not in numbers that we saw them in initially. They have carried out some infrastructure development which is mostly temporary in nature.”
A report by Times of India said that whilst the Indian army had acknowledged the building of structures by the Chinese forces in Doklam, it said that the army was keeping a close eye on the development.
“They have built infrastructure for it in north Doklam (separated from south Doklam by the Torsa Nala rivulet). But our troops, atop the watershed that dominates Doklam, are much better placed in terms of terrain. We are in a wait-and-watch mode, prepared for any eventuality,” one Indian security official was quoted as saying.