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China’s foray into tiny Bhutan threatening Himalayan peace

China removed an old bunker of the Indian Army located at the tri-junction of India, China and Bhutan in Sikkim by using a bulldozer after the Indian side refused to accede to its request to dismantle it, according to official sources.

Beijing’s recent aggressive move to construct a road from Doklam to an army camp in the Zomplri Area, has left the Himalayan kingdom, home to the concept of Gross National Happiness (GNH), quite disturbed and worried, so much so, that the Bhutanese government, through its embassy in New Delhi, has had to hand over a strongly-worded demarche to China’s Ambassador to India, Luo Zhaohui, to ask its troops to cease construction activity immediately, withdraw from the area and refrain from changing status quo.

Indian troops were compelled to step in to cool temperatures, urge restraint and responsible behaviour earlier this month, as the construction activity undertaken by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops was taking place in a border area near the Chumbi Valley, where India has strategic and defence interests.

The Chumbi Valley in the TAR is a dagger shaped area that faces “Chicken’s Neck”, a thin strip of land in Siliguri, West Bengal, that separates India from Bangladesh.

China also denied entry to hundreds of Indian pilgrims thru Sikkim’s Nathu La Pass to visit the sacred Kailash Mansarover Lake in Tibet, leaving them stranded midway through their pilgrimage. This was clearly a retaliatory move against India’s efforts to bring calm in the area.

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