A dispute between China and India around the plateau The Doklam in the Himalayas could also drag the West into a bloody clash.The two countries seem to have entered a kind of new “cold war”. This week, China has threatened India with a military response, if it intervenes in the Maldives, where a political crisis is taking place.
Why Doklam? It is a territory dispersed by China and Bhutan, located on the triangle of China, Bhutan and India. Bhutan claims that Doklam belongs to him, and India supports him, while China claims that this is its territory. Last year, intensified tension aroused the presence of the Chinese army in that area and China’s intention to make a trip to the plateau that sprang up to the Siliguri corridor, a narrow strip of Indian territory that connects the north-eastern Indian region with the rest of the state.
If China succeeds in blocking this corridor, it will isolate the north-eastern region of India, which would be a devastating scenario in the event of a war. That is why India reacted and sent its army to the Doklam, and Chottavail said that the decision was carefully passed.However, new satellite imagery shows that China is once again increasing its presence in the region, and is very close to where the Indian and Chinese troops were facing last year. It built a high observation tower, and more helicopters and several dozen armored vehicles are visible.On the footage published by the Stratfor military-analytic organization, however, it can be seen that India does not “miss out”, but that crowd of planes in the military bases of Siliguri Bagdogra and Hasimar, from where they can attack the Doklam.
Asked by MacArthur why Beijing is so determined to establish control over the Doklam, Indian colonel Vinajak Bat answered. – It’s important who will be in advantage here.
If the Chinese control the Doklam, especially the Southern Doklam, they will be able to close the Siliguri Corridor. If he conquers the Doklam, the valleys are further. We will need between nine to 16 battalions in these high mountains for defense. As he said, China now effectively has control of the plateau, but if it takes advantage of that strategic advantage and goes even further from the point where two armies confronted this year, “this would mean war.”
If the war comes, Macahees claims that the West will have to react. First of all, this refers to America, which is least suitable for China to further strengthen and to attack an important American ally India.