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Army increases strength at India-China-Myanmar tri-junction near Tibet

Since the Doklam standoff, India has deployed more troops and increased patrolling along the borders with China in the Tibetan region

Press Trust of India  |  Walong (Arunachal Pradesh) 

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Indian troops deployed along the disputed Sino-border in the range of the Arunachal sector have increased their patrolling at a tri-junction of India, and to prevent a repeat of a Doklam-like standoff.

officials said that the tri-junction, located around 50km from Walong, the easternmost town of near the region, is extremely important for to help it maintain its dominance in the nearby mountain passes and other areas.

"After the standoff, we have increased our presence on India's side of the tri-junction as it is very important for us from the strategic dimension," a senior said.

He said Chinese troops did not enter the Tri-junction too frequently but had developed a near the area which could be advantageous for the mobilisation of personnel.

Walong, situated on the of Lohit river, had witnessed the bravery of Indian troops against Chinese aggression during the 1962 war between the two countries.

The deepening of military engagement between and was another reason for India ramping up its presence at the tri-junction with thick rainforests on the ranges.

The said Myanmarese border guarding forces did not patrol the tri-junction.

"After the tri-junction in in the sector, this is the most important tri-junction along the Sino-India border," he said.

Troops of India and were locked in a 73-day-long standoff in from June 16 last year after the Indian side stopped the building of a road in the disputed area by the The face-off ended on August 28.

The area in Doklam where China tried to construct a road is a disputed territory claimed by both China and India sent its troops to stop the Chinese construction activity, saying it could be a threat to its strategic interests in the region.

Since the Doklam standoff, India has deployed more troops and increased patrolling along the borders with China in the Tibetan region.

Another said Indian troops have also enhanced their presence in all the areas in the near the tri-junction.

"There are 18 mountain passes in the region and we have been carrying out long-range patrols to all these passes regularly," he said.

He further said," We have been carrying out war rehearsals regularly. You have to be in an offensive mode to remain in an advantageous position."

China has been laying new roads and improving its along the nearly 4,000km-long border with India.

said last month that China had undertaken the construction of helipads, sentry posts and trenches for its army personnel near Doklam.

Sources said China has been keeping its troops in north Doklam and significantly ramping up its infrastructure in the disputed area.

In January, Army Chief Gen. had said the time had come for India to shift its focus from its borders with to the frontier with China, indicating the seriousness of the situation.

First Published: Sun, April 01 2018. 20:17 IST