China resumes road building in Doklam with troops on guard

China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has resumed road building in the disputed Doklam Plateau, just 10 km from the location of the last standoff with the Indian Army.

The new development came barely a month after the winding down of an aggressive stand-off between India and China near the Bhutan-India-China trijunction.

The Doklam Plateau is claimed by both Beijing and Bhutan as their territory. Indian Army entered the area during last standoff on request from Bhutan to prevent the Chinese troops from building roads.

On August 28, India and China agreed to withdraw their troops from the Doklam area, ending a nearly three-month standoff. This was considered to be a breakthrough as the standoff had a great impact on the bilateral relations.

After the agreement, China had pulled back its bulldozers and other road-making equipment from the area.

Now, barely 10 kilometres from the location of the stand-off, China is expanding an existing track, reinforcing its claim to the disputed and remote Doklam Plateau. According to sources, both the armies continue to be on high operational alert.

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