11 perspectives on the China-India border dispute in Doklam

Doka La plateau

Doka La plateau

Barahoti, an open pasture area, is a disputed area on the India-China border, with frequent transgressions by the Chinese being reported.

The area is a demilitarised zone as agreed upon between the two countries and the ITBP jawans patrol the region without weapons, they said, adding the jawans perform their duty in a non-combative manner. Barahoti is an 80 sq km sloping pasture about 140 km from the Uttarakhand capital Dehradun.

Even as the Doklam standoff on the Sikkim border continues, Chinese troops are reported to have transgressed up to one kilometre into Indian territory in the Barahoti area of Uttarakhand's Chamoli district, threatening threatened shepherds grazing cattle. Sources said that a team of Chinese troops entered one kilometer into India's territory, where they threatened some local shepherds who were going on with their daily routine of looking after their livestock.

The crisis erupted after Indian and Bhutanese troops foiled an attempt by the Chinese Army to encroach on a disputed enclave. They, however, said incidents of similar nature have happened in the past but are normally sorted out locally and should not be given undue importance.

Chinese President reviews armed forces ahead of 90th military anniversary
The parade is a lively political education for all the servicemen, and a comprehensive test of their will and character, he said. On the occasion, Xi said that safeguarding peace is the responsibility of the country's military forces.

China maintained that for talks to start between New Delhi and Beijing, India should fulfil Beijing precondition to withdraw its troops from the Doklam area which is justified and legitimate demand, the Global Times said, "China will make no concessions over the territorial issue nor will it yield to anyone when it comes to national security". ITBP officials said that Indian and Chinese perceptions of the LAC differ, which leads to frequent incursions in the area.

In the 1962 War, the PLA did not enter the middle sector and the fighting took place in the western and eastern sectors. They left after the Indian side protested. It is part of the 4,056 km long India-China border.

"We absolutely will not permit any person, any organisation, any political party at any time, in any form to separate any piece of Chinese territory from China", Chinese President Xi Jinping said during a almost one-hour speech in Beijing. The ridge is connected to Joshimath, which houses major Indian Army formations meant to counter any major operations by China's People's Liberation Army.

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