India, a close ally of Bhutan, deployed troops to stop the road project, prompting Beijing to accuse India of trespassing on Chinese soil. In July past year, two PLA soldiers had reportedly crossed into the same area.
National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi on July 27 discussed "major problems" in bilateral ties, the foreign ministry here said after the first high-level meeting between India and China since the military standoff erupted in the Sikkim sector on June 16. Government-controlled Chinese media has carried several reports threatening escalation of troop movement in various sectors if India does not withdraw from Doklam. The incursion took place amid the standoff between the two countries' armies in the tri-junction area at Doklam, Sikkim.
Barahoti, an 80 sq km sloping pasture about 140 km from Uttarakhand capital Dehradun, is one of three border posts in what is known as the "middle sector", comprising Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. China has been getting increasingly aggressive in its confrontations with India and yesterday, Chinese president Xi Jinping upped the rhetoric by saying that China can defeat any army that dares to attack it. China has maintained an aggressive stand and accused India of entering its territory. The Chinese troopers had crossed over into Barahoti on July 25 and went back after they were halted by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).
The western media reports depicts India as "mild which called for a troop withdrawal and bilateral negotiations" and portrays China as "aggressive", the article says.
Confirming the intrusion by Chinese troops, Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat dubbed it as a sensitive and a worrisome development. The ITBP jawans would guard the area with weapons in a non-militant manner, that is, with the barrel of the gun facing down.
There is no official word either from the Indian government or the Chinese administration on any of these developments. "It would be wise for India to pull back its troops as soon as possible, instead of just beating around the bush or bargaining with China in the name of Bhutan".