Indo-China conflict might take place if Bhutan solution not found: Indian and Chinese military forces are reported to be preparing for the possibility of an armed conflict over a disputed area in the Himalayas should a peaceful solution not be found.
The standoff began two months ago when Indian troops confronted Chinese forces working on a road over the Doklam Plateau, a strategically important area near where Tibet, India, and Bhutan meet, and which both China and Bhutan – an ally of India – claim as their own.
China has demanded that Indian troops withdraw before it will hold talks with the country, while India has called for each side to stand down.
The South China Morning Post reported that sources close to the Chinese military have claimed the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has plans to deploy aircraft and strategic missiles against India’s troops in the event of conflict breaking out, in order to limit the action to skirmishes.
“The PLA will not seek to fight a ground war with Indian troops early on. Instead, it will deploy aircraft and strategic missiles to paralyze Indian mountain divisions stationed in the Himalayas on the border with China,” a source told the newspaper on condition of anonymity.
In his Independence Day speech on Tuesday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke of the country’s capabilities in the face of security challenges, The Times of Indiareports.
Mr. Modi did not directly reference the border dispute, but asserted that “security is our priority”.
“It is clear that security of our country is our priority. Internal security is our priority. Be it sea or borders, be it cyber or space, India is capable of tackling every security challenge,” he said.
In a separate report, the newspaper claimed that ceremonial border personnel meetings between India and China appear to have been affected since the standoff started.