Day After MEA Clarification, Defence Minister Nirmala at Doklam
The government had earlier said the status quo at Doklam has not changed since the disengagement on 28 August.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday, 7 October, made an aerial survey of the Doklam-Nathula area on the Sino-India border, a day after the government said the status quo at the site has not changed since the disengagement on 28 August.
Sikkim government officials said the Defence Minister also made a survey of the new Pakyong Airport in East Sikkim and neighbouring areas. Sitharaman is on a day-long visit to Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim.
The survey follows the External Affairs Ministry statement on Friday, October 6, that there were no new developments at the India-China military face-off site in Doklam and its vicinity since the 28 August disengagement.
The statement had come amidst reports that China has maintained a sizeable presence of its troops near the Doklam site, and even started widening an existing road around 12 km from the area of the face-off.
Sitharaman is scheduled to meet Sikkim Governor Sriniwas Patil and Chief Minister Pawan Chamling at the Raj Bhavan, and they are likely to discuss several issues related to defence of the border areas with China, officials said.
Improving strategic infrastructure like border roads in Sikkim, the new airport which is to be inaugurated in November, and development in areas along the Sino-India border in Sikkim are likely to be discussed, they added.
(With inputs from PTI)
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