China cheats India, widens Doklam Road

New Delhi, Oct 6: On the face of it it may be said that the standoff between China and India has been called off five weeks back, but in reality Indian soldiers are on high alert. Nearly 1,000 Chinese troops are still present on the plateau, a few hundred metres from the faceoff.

People's Liberation Army had started moving back but one PLA battalion is still on the plateau. The battalion is located approximately 800m from the faceoff site.  The presence of Chinese soldiers in Chumbi Valley, where the plateau is located, was also acknowledged by Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa during his annual press conference on Thursday.

Even Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa during his annual press conference on Thursday acknowleged the presence of Chinese soldiers in Chumbi Valley, where the plateau is located.

When both India and China decided to disengage from the point of face-off, ending the crisis between the two Asian giants, China had remained ambiguous on whether it has stopped its road building in Doklam, which had triggered the over 70-day standoff between border troops of India and China that ended five weeks back. 

"In order to meet the needs of defending the borders and improving the living condition, China has long been engaged in infrastructure development, including the roads constructions in Donlang (Doklam) area," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying had clearly said at a briefing then.

The construction of a Chinese road at Doka La in disputed Doklam plateau had triggered a military stand-off between the People's Liberation Army and Indian soldiers in mid June.

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