Amid tension with India at LAC, China mobilized PLA troops at Bhutan border
While China has deployed its troops on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with the intention of capturing the Indian territories in Ladakh, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) has been also eying to occupy some part of Bhutanese territories. As per the officials who are aware of the latest developments alerted Bhutan government about Chinese plot at the highest level.
China is intentionally indulging in border disputes with Bhutan to increase pressure on the country for solving their border disputes.
Since the Doklam dispute in 2017, China has been preparing roads, helipads and troops near the Bhutan border. In the last few months, China has infiltrated five areas of Western Bhutani territories and claimed a new boundary approximately 40 kilometer inside Bhutan.
Last month in August, the PLA also infiltrated into the South Doklam area. China increased pressure on Bhutan to agree its boundary till Gyemochen.
“We are keeping close eyes on the latest developments at the Indo-China and China-Bhutan border. Since Doklam standoff, PLA is aggressively patrolling at Bhutan-China border and constructing roads, military infrastructure and helipads close to Bhutan border.” said an officer working with Central security establishments.
China claims 318 square kilometers in the western sector and 495 square kilometers in the central sector. In a surprise move, China recently staked claim over the Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary in Bhutan at the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council and opposed funding to the project. Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the eastern most part of the country in Trashigang Dzongkhag, Eastern Bhutan. bordering the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh.
The Doklam plateau, which is also referred to as Donglang in Chinese. The boundary dispute between China and Bhutan led to the military standoff that took place in 2017. Doklam Plateau is close to Siliguri Corridor, which is also referred as the "chicken's neck", the Siliguri Corridor represents a strategic vulnerability for India. It is also of key strategic significance to Bhutan, containing the main supply routes into the country.
Chinese claim on the Doklam plateau rests on the 1890 Convention between Great Britain and the Qing dynasty represented by its Resident in Tibet.