1600 to 1800 Chinese troops are camping near Sikkim, Bhutan and Tibbet’s tri junction in Dolkam. To survive on the tri junction in the winters the Chinese troops have constructed two helipads and graded roads, scores of pre-fabricated huts, shelters and stores.
Although according to a news published in The Times Of India has stated that Indian Governmnet has achieved the political goal to stop chinese military to continue its road construction in the disputed area of Doklam but the fallout has been “the almost permanent stationing of People’s Liberation Army in the area.
A source informed The Times Of India that earlier, PLA patrols would come to Doklam, which is disputed between China and Bhutan, between April-May and October-November every year to mark their presence and lay claim to the area before going back.
But the 73 days stand off on Doklam between India and China has made Chinese troops to station at the disputed site even in Winters. This stationing of Chinese troops has made Army Chief Bipin Rawat’s warning come true as in September he warned that China would continue with its efforts to nibble away disputed territories through “salami slicing”, muscle-flexing and other measures. With Indian troops deployed in tactically dominating positions in the trijunction region, China is keen to usurp Doklam to add strategic depth to its narrow Chumbi Valley, which juts in between Sikkim and Bhutan.