digital desk,New Delhi. China has established new villages in the Bhutan region near Doklam in the last one year. This has been confirmed by new satellite images.
The photographs show that four villages in about 100 sq km have been settled by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China between May 2020 and November 2021.
The construction seems to have started at the same time as the PLA entered Indian territory at several places in the Eastern Ladakh and Sikkim sectors.
The Doklam plateau was in the news in 2017 when the Indian Army and China’s PLA had a standoff for over 70 days. The Chinese army had to withdraw from the area after Indian troops increased their deployment in the area and stood for their sovereignty.
Doklam is an area of 100 sq km consisting of a plateau and a valley at the tri-junction between India, China and Bhutan. It is surrounded by the Chumbi Valley of Tibet, the valley of Bhutan itself and the Indian state of Sikkim.
In 2017, China was carrying out infrastructural development work in Doklam, to which India had objected.
China then claimed that there is a border dispute between Bhutan and China and on which India has no claim.
However, India denied this and its soldiers remained there for 73 days, equaling the deployment of Chinese soldiers.
Last month, China and Bhutan signed an agreement on a three-stage roadmap to resolve their border disputes. In response, India said that it was monitoring the developments.
Boundary talks between Bhutan and China began in 1984 and the two sides held 24 rounds of border talks and 10 rounds of meetings at the Expert Group level.
Earlier, Bhutan has raised objections many times to Chinese incursion on its land.