India Deploys More Troops Along China Border, Raises "Caution" Level

Tyler Durden's picture

With the world obsessing over every increasingly childish outburst in the daily back and forth between Trump and Kim Jong-Un, another conflict which has so far gone largely unnoticed by the global media continues to grow on the border between India and China.

As reported yesterday, in the most recent escalation between the two nuclear powers, the Indian Army ordered the evacuation of a village close to the Doklam India-Bhutan-China tri-junction amid to a standoff between Indian and Chinese soldiers. This takes place just days after China turned the war threat amplifier up to '11' by threatening India (in an article published a Chinese state-controlled newspaper) that it could conduct a "small-scale military operation" to expel Indian troops from a contested region in the Himalayas.

For those who need a reminder, the latest geopolitical standoff between India and China started in June, after Chinese troops started building a road on a remote plateau which is disputed by China and Bhutan. Indian troops countered by moving to the flashpoint zone to halt the work, with China accusing them of violating its territorial sovereignty and calling for their immediate withdrawal.

After adding a large number of troops to the region, China then sharply escalated when a Chinese Ministry of Defense warned explicitly that Indian troops must leave the contested area if they do not want war.

Then, earlier this week, tensions escalated further when as the Independent reported, the Chinese state-owned Global Times quoted a research fellow at the Institute of International Relations of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences who said China is preparing to initiate a "limited war" to push Indian soldiers out of the area.


To this, the Indian response was the abovementioned forced evacuation of a few hundred villagers living in Nathang, who were asked to vacate their houses immediately, according to News18. Nathang is 35 km from the site of the two-month old standoff.

Which brings us to today, and the latest report by PTI India, according to which in a strategically key move, India has poured in more troops along the entire stretch of its border with China in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh in the face of heightened rhetoric by Beijing over the Dokalam standoff, according to senior government officials on Friday.

Furthermore, the "caution level" among the troops has also been raised, the officials told PTI.

The Indian officials said that the decision to increase the deployment along the nearly 1,400-km Sino-India border from Sikkim to Arunachal Pradesh was taken after carrying out a detailed analysis of the situation and considering China's aggressive posturing against India on Dokalam.

"The troop level along the border with China in the Sikkim and Arunachal sectors has been increased," said the officials on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the information. The Army's Sukna-based 33 Corps as well as 3 and 4 corps based in Arunachal and Assam are tasked to protect the sensitive Sino-India border in the eastern theatre.

However, the officials declined to give any figure or percentage of increased deployment, saying they cannot disclose "operational details."

According to defence experts, roughly 45,000 troops including personnel having completed the weather acclimatisation process are normally kept ready along the border at any given time, but not all are necessarily deployed. The soldiers, deployed over 9,000 feet, have to go through a 14-day-long acclimatisation process.

The officials, however, said there is no enhancement of troops at the India-China-Bhutan tri-junction in Dokalam where around 350 army personnel are holding on to their position for nearly eight weeks after stopping Chinese troops from constructing a road on June 16.

Bhutan and China have competing claims over Dokalam, and are negotiating a resolution. Meanwhile, China has been ramping up bellicose rhetoric against India over the last few week - in many aspect echoing either side in the US-North Korea conflict - demanding immediate withdrawal of Indian troops from Dokalam. Both the Chinese and Indian state medias have carried a barrage of critical articles on the Dokalam stand-off slamming India.

India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj recently said both sides should first pull back their troops for any talks to take place, and favoured a peaceful resolution of the border standoff. India also conveyed to the Chinese government that the road construction would represent a significant change of status quo with serious security implications for it.

So far, not only has neither side pulled back troops, but as today's latest news of increasing deployment suggests, a full blown conflict, one whose consequences could be far more devastating than a US military intervention in North Korea, looks increasingly likely with every passing day.

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ThrowAwayYourTV's picture

ZH, you gotta stop giving me a hard on, man. Good thing I'm on here for less than 4 hours at a time.

Cluster_Frak's picture

come on baby, nukes, wars, anything for gold to cross 1300 resistance and hold it.

HelluvaEngineer's picture

Ah yes, India.  The premiere ass kickers.  Good luck with your knock-off British Enfield rifles that shoot 4moa.  Be brave.

ThrowAwayYourTV's picture

4moa. (minutes of angle) Thats about 4" @ 100 yards for those who dont know. A bit more but picture a 4" bulleye and hope you hit it @ 100 yards. Thats a bad thing.


The_Juggernaut's picture

Probably good enough for China's troops who last won a war...
when? lmfao!

Déjà view's picture

Chicom financial gains these past 3 decades...might be be squandered by their MIC...just as U.S.

GodSpeed_00's picture

Chinese kicked Indias ass before.

OverTheHedge's picture

Could it the Korean War, perhaps? When did the US.last win a war?

Weren't the US in Korea? Fighting the Chinese? I forget...who won that one?

Nexus789's picture

Made a mess of the US military during the last Korean War. That was an unmodernised Chinese military. 

froze25's picture

Destroying a organized military is something the US military is extremely good at these days, holding and occupying a territory is something much different then head to head combat. 

lucitanian's picture

Perhaps this perspective will shed some light on the subject:

Has Narenda Modi Switched Sides?

Visits to Washington and Tel Aviv seem to help when you want to start another war somewhere.

Duc888's picture



This, ZH'ers is the real deal.  FatElvis is the MSM distraction.  A segment of Uncle Sham does in fact want to overturn FatElvis and go in for the Nork Gold, same as was done in Libya, know, take it to the NY Fed for "safekeeping"... but back to the real deal.  The Water-Wars are heating up between China / India.

Bigly's picture

Agreed. This is the real deal. The fat fuck tyrant is irritating. a mosquito. He can do some damage but CHINDIA is full tilt retard if they go to town....

z530's picture

Well, to be fair, the PRC is holding almost all of the world's rare earth, so the US needs a contigengency plan.

The_Juggernaut's picture

Lol. Wrong. US has a shitload and Orange Jesus's EPA just might let us mine them again.

null's picture

Unlikely, maybe.
More likely USA simply does not "brag" about stuff like that.

Normalcy Bias's picture

Both of these countries have 100's of millions of people that they'd probably be better off without. Scary shit...

HelluvaEngineer's picture

Less shit in the streets.  Literally.

nmewn's picture

Tis true.

I bet every morning politburo members in China and "parliamentarians" in India wake up and think...

"Now what the hell can I do today to keep a billion sets of hands off our throats?"

The strain must be unbearable ;-)

nmewn's picture

(Putting on my central planner first thing ya gotta do is feed them or your dead, they look to you for basically everything. 

The second thing you gotta do is not feed them too much, so that deprivation becomes "the new normal" yet, there's always just enough to keep them off your throat.

A very delicate balance ;-)

RevIdahoSpud3's picture

Like EBT cards in the US?

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

"Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown."

dog1's picture

China has bitten off more than they can chew. Perhaps their geography is bad, confused India with Phillipines....or some other small state.

Dragon HAwk's picture

What's the name of that game, where you line up all the little Blocks and bump one over and the rest go over?  Domi something.

We haven't heard Squeak from the Taiwan Theater, one little nuclear distraction and  woops a lot of blocks are going to go over and get rearranged

Haitian Snackout's picture

In North Africa, Rommel swept them aside with minimal effort.

HelluvaEngineer's picture

He was a magnificent bastard.  I read his book.

nmewn's picture

With props to Heinz Guderien ;-)

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

..and warriors like Michael Wittmann.

Davidduke2000's picture

at the first few bombs the indians would run away, that's what happens in a democracy. 

misnomer00's picture

On the contrary, if I'm allowed to enlist now at 30, I will go to the border at the first chance. I have a brother, the Chinese guy doesn't have one.

Laughing.Man's picture

I guess bribing India by allowing to be part of the SCO backfired.  It would be interesting to know how many troops and equipment have been deployed to the border.

Gonzogal's picture

Trump/USG want to break up the BRICS because they see it as an "economic threat"....isnt it interesting that this escalated after Modi visited Washington!?

Riquin's picture

China is going to hit us hard, All it is going to take is a massive attack from NK followed by China.  

I do not like the position of the lefties in our country because they will side with the enemy. 


oDumbo's picture

Leftards will side with anyone, and I mean 'anyone' who helps them self destruct.  It's a psychological disease whereby hurting yourself seems to be the only way out of constant torment.  US will be torn down from the inside as the mentally ill left rips it apart trying to put out its own pain.  I wish we could just shoot the moon. 

Xena fobe's picture

They have been well trained by the Clinton globalists.  In the name of diversity, libards in California will side with the US west coast Chinese. 

Los Angeles and San Francisco are enemy territories. 

directaction's picture

Quick Poll. Who's going to win?
<--- China
<--- India

The_Juggernaut's picture

Neither of them could fight their way out of a wet paper bag.

directaction's picture

China will crush the forward-deployed Indian forces in fifteen minutes

Xena fobe's picture

We don't hear much about India's military capability. Regardless, India has no Choice but to defend itself and it's ally, Bhutan. 

China is the aggressor.  If India gives an inch, China will take a mile. 

The US will not allow China to take Indian territory.

Lynn Trainor's picture

Of course China could win, but I voted for India because I doubt that China is willing to expend enough political prestige and capital on the world stage to let it escalate to the level necessary to win.  China speaks of a limited war, looks like it will take much more than that.

Vageling's picture

These people are nuts. 45K? Over some damn nothing? It's not like we're talking about small nations. What's with that damned road? Pakistan must love this. Hurdy Ghurdy bitches. 

Then again Modi doesn't think straight. He proven that much recently. As for China... Let me not even go there. Crazy fuckers. That thing with the "peoples"... And "liberation"...