The only objective of the Indian Army when it stepped into Doklam was to stop the Chinese from constructing this road on request of Bhutan. Now to the success of the Indian Army, this objective was achieved along with victory on part of India.
The only objective of the Indian Army when it stepped into Doklam was to stop the Chinese from constructing this road on request of Bhutan. And to the success of the Indian Army, this objective was achieved.
The Doklam incident is actually an affirmation of how the Indian army can successfully swing into action when the country’s interests are challenged.
1. Face-off between India and Chinese soldiers took place for 73 days. At no time were weapons drawn.
2. After hectic diplomatic parleys, both sides decided to end face to face confrontation. They decided to disengage.
3. As per the August 28, 2017 agreement, the Chinese and the Indian soldiers moved back as per designated distance.
4. Status quo of August 28, 2017 continues to be maintained.
5. Contrary to allegations, not an inch of land has been ceded. To begin with, it was never Indian Territory. Not an inch of Bhutanese land was also ceded.
6. India is at a dominating position in this area and can observe the Chinese activities from three sides.
7. China was completely taken aback by the Indian Army move and hence has been forced to be positioned in North Doklam even in the current cold winters. They have never been this forward as they use to go back to their garrison town Yatung.
8. India’s stock has gone up in the eyes of ASEAN and other countries which have borne the brunt of Chinese bullying.
All you need to know about Doklam…
Doklam is a disputed territory between Bhutan and China. Both countries are in bilateral talks over the Doklam plateau for years and it is still continuing. It was the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan that sounded the alarm – Chinese soldiers had arrived with bulldozers and excavators, and were building a high-mountain road near India’s border in an area the two nuclear-armed giants have disputed over for decades.
India responded to the call by sending troops last month to evict the Chinese army construction party from the Doklam Plateau. Within a few days, Indian media were running leaked video footage of soldiers from both sides shoving one another atop a grassy flatland.
The tense standoff has only escalated, raising concerns in both capitals of an all-out military conflict. Both sides have made threats while simultaneously calling for negotiations. The U.S. State Department has urged the two sides to work together toward a peaceful resolution.