Senior Indian officials visit Bhutan in view of the new tension in Doklam

New Delhi: It is reported that India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat visited Bhutan. The India-Bhutan relations have gained importance in view of the tension created between India and China over the Doklam issue. Therefore, the visit by the National Security Advisor, Foreign Secretary and Army chief is being looked upon seriously.

india, china, doklam, ajit doval, bipin rawatLast year the Chinese soldiers had infiltrated the Bhutan border and had started construction activity in the Doklam region. India had stopped the Chinese soldiers and prevented them from continuing the constructions. There was a standoff for 73 days between the Indian and the Chinese soldiers. China has been repeatedly threatening that this tension will escalate into a conflict. But, India, not paying any heed to the threats, ensured that the Chinese soldiers were withdrawn. This is claimed to be a victory for India on the political as well as strategic level. But, the analysts are claiming that China will not take this insult lightly and give a reply.

The anticipation by the analysts seems to have to reality as China has once again started construction in the Doklam region. At the same time, China has also started speaking the language of teaching India a lesson, if tension is created again in the Doklam region. Simultaneously, China has also started exerting pressure on Bhutan. As per the agreement with India, Bhutan communicates with the other countries through India. But, China demands Bhutan to talk directly with it, leaving India out of it.

In view of the rising Chinese pressure, the National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and Army chief Bipin Rawat visited Bhutan. Information about this has not yet released to the media. But, it is said that there were discussions about strengthening the defence ties and policy-based partnership. The issues of Chinese construction in the Doklam mountain ranges and the movements of Chinese army in the area were also discussed.

Doklam region, connected to India, Bhutan and China, becomes very important to India from the strategic point of view. If China gains control of this region it can break India’s link with the North Eastern States any time. India, therefore, is taking a very cautious stance in the matter. A few days ago, the US intelligence services, in their report, clarified that although there is no perceptible tension between India and China, the tension will keep rising between the two countries in future and the situation might become terrible.

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