India, China troops in high-altitude clash

Wednesday, 16 Aug, 2017

Meanwhile, India has been intensifying its military presence in the Doklam area, claimed Global Times, saying that challenging China's sovereignty in the Doklam region, India aims to maintain and showcase its hegemonic status in South Asia.

The Chinese government will complete the reconstruction of the palace in five years at a cost of Rs 150 million, Bhesh Narayan Dahal, chief of Archaeology Department, said. The brief confrontation was resolved after Indian and Chinese sides retreated to their respective positions, he added. Indian forces are now armed with high-speed interceptor boats, bought from the United States, which are equipped with radars, infra-red and GPS systems. "India must immediately and unconditionally withdraw all its trespassing troops and equipment back to the Indian side of the border", the office said in a statement.

The previous such ceremonial meeting, which China was to host on August 1 did not materialise.

But Beijing has said India had no role to play in the area and diplomatic efforts to defuse the crisis have not made much headway.

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The stand-off began in June when Chinese soldiers tried to unilaterally change the status quo in the strategically important Doklam region of Bhutan by building a road in the area.

The website of New Delhi-based English weekly India Today quoted a report by the Indian military intelligence, which said the use of stones was unprecedented and appeared meant to heighten tension without using lethal weapons.

The growing engagement of Chinese companies within India's burgeoning electronics and IT industry - worth almost $22 billion, according to a recent study by industry chamber CII - has sounded alarm bells within the government, especially as it is felt that much of this can be used to gain unlawful access to critical information about individuals, businesses, and government set-ups.

Reports appearing in media suggest that the Red Army contingents attempted entering into two parts of J&K in Western Ladakh. The part held by China is contiguous to Tibet.