Army increases strength at India-China-Myanmar tri-junction near Tibet

Indian troops deployed along the disputed Sino-India border in the Himalayan range of the Arunachal sector have increased their patrolling at a tri-junction of India, China and Myanmar to prevent a repeat of a Doklam-like standoff.

Why India increased strength at the tri-junction?

1 . The tri-junction, located around 50km from Walong, the easternmost town of India near the Tibet region, is extremely important for India to help it maintain its dominance in the nearby mountain passes and other areas.

2 . Walong, situated on the bank of Lohit river, had witnessed the bravery of Indian troops against Chinese aggression during the 1962 war between the two countries.

3 . After the tri-junction in Doklam in the Sikkim sector, this is the most important tri-junction along the Sino-India border.

4 . The deepening of military engagement between China and Myanmar was another reason for India ramping up its presence at the tri-junction with thick rainforests on the Himalayan ranges.

Background

Troops of India and China were locked in a 73-day-long standoff in Doklam from 16 June last year after the Indian side stopped the building of a road in the disputed area by the Chinese Army. The face-off ended on 28 August.

Disputed areas

Since the Doklam standoff, India has deployed more troops and increased patrolling along the borders with China in the Tibetan region.

China has been laying new roads and improving its overall infrastructure along the nearly 4,000km-long border with India.

Indian troops have also enhanced their presence in all the areas in the Lohit Valley near the tri-junction.