China accused India of sending its authorities into its territories which was the reason for Beijing to close the Nathu La Pass route. 
China accused India of sending its authorities into its territories which was the reason for Beijing to close the Nathu La Pass route. (Photo: Liju Joseph/The Quint)
  • 1. What is the Current Row?
  • 2. What is the Significance of the Doklam Plateau?
  • 3. What Does India Say?
  • 4. What Does China Say?
Explained: India-China Standoff at the Border

China on 6 July accused India of militarising its side of the frontier.

A stand-off on a plateau next to the mountainous Indian state of Sikkim has ratcheted up tension between the neighbouring giants.

Troops from the two sides then confronted each other close to a valley controlled by China that separates India from Bhutan.

  • 1. What is the Current Row?

    In June this year, China refused to allow entry of Kailash Mansarovar pilgrims into its territory through the Nathu La Pass on the Sikkim border. The Home Ministry took note of the situation and asked the border authorities for a clarification.

    China accused India of sending its authorities into its territories which was the reason for Beijing to close the Nathu La Pass route.

    Later, India accused China of constructing a road in the disputed territory Doklam plateau, which lies in Bhutan. The Royal Bhutanese Army also raised concerns over the construction of the road in its territory. China, however, claims that Doklam plateau, an 89 square km pasture that falls close to Chumbi valley at the corner of India-Bhutan-China tri-junction and is not very far from the Sikkim sector, is within its territory.

    The tension escalated after it was reported that Chinese troops asked India to remove two bunkers that were placed by India as a backup. It was later reported that the two bunkers were removed by China after they stated that neither India nor Bhutan had any claim over the region.

    Soon, there was a standoff between troops of both countries with PLA and Indian Army sending immediate reinforcements to the region.

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