New Delhi, July 27: Doklam is back in the news and a top official in the US said that neither Bhutan nor India have sought to dissuade China. The official claimed that China had resumed construction activity in the disputed Doklam area.
Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval quietly travelled to Bhutan earlier this month where they held extensive talks with the Bhutanese leadership on key strategic issues including the situation in Doklam and the Chinese building defence infrastructure around the plateau, authoritative government sources said.
All eyes were on Prince Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck when the Royal family of Bhutan visited India. The Royal couple called on Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and he had a gift for the young prince.
China’s claim that Doklam belongs to them is wrong and we never acknowledged it said Bhutan. China had said that Bhutan had agreed that Doklam belongs to the Chinese. This has however been rubbished by Bhutan.
China has made another unsubstantiated claim. This time a Chinese official has said that Bhutan has acknowledged that the Doklam area where the Indian and Chinese troops are engaged in a standoff does not belong to it.
There have been many questions posed by readers about the difference between Doka La, Doklam and Donglang. To put it simply. Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Doklam, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region.
China has said that a resolution to the Doklam standoff would be issued once Indian forces withdraw. This is however an option that India is not willing to take. India cannot be seen to abandon its allies and a withdrawal would mean stabbing Bhutan in the back.
The centre has given its nod for setting up 650 combat posts for better intelligence gathering. This would add strength to the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), the force guarding India’s borders with Nepal and Bhutan.
The Indo-Bhutan border has become home for the dangerous National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Songbijit) or the NDFB(S).