Army Chief, General Bipin Rawat, has arrived in Sikkim’s capitol Gangtok on Thursday amidst a standoff that is still continuing between Indian and Chinese troops. The Sino-Indian border has always remained a sensitive area for the two countries.
The Army chief intends to take stock of operational matters and interact with top commanders in the formation headquarters of the force in the border state. Official sources, however, described General Rawat’s visit as routine.
The origin of this recent face-off is reportedly linked to Donglang, a narrow but strategically important tri-junction of India, China and Bhutan. However, tension has been mounting since earlier this month between the Indian and Chinese armies, after a scuffle took place between Indian troops and personnel of China’s People’s Liberation Army in a remote border area.
General Rawat is on a two-day visit to the state, and will travel to a number of formation headquarters in the northeast and review various operational matters in the region – a strategically key region having most of the 3,488 km-long border with China. Of the India-China border from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, a 220-km section falls in Sikkim.
No comment has yet been made by the Indian Army Chief on the stand-off.