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The incident took place on the morning of July 25 when a group of shepherds were asked to vacate the land by troops of the People's Liberation Army, officials in the know said on the condition of anonymity.

"We haven't received any official information as yet".

"Since India is Bhutan's protector, India's withdrawal would mean stabbing Bhutan in the back and abandoning its ally", the daily adds. Government-controlled Chinese media has carried several reports threatening escalation of troop movement in various sectors if India does not withdraw from Doklam. Lu Yang, a researcher from the global department of China's Tsinghua University argues that the psychological impact of a war with India triggered by the Doklam crisis, feeding into the memories of the 1962 conflict, will sow lasting bitterness among the two peoples.

The standoff started more than a month ago after Chinese troops started building a road on the remote plateau, which is disputed by China and Bhutan. 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).

After the war, ITBP jawans would patrol the area with weapons in a non-combative manner - with the barrel of the gun pointing down. It falls in the middle sector of the Sino-Indian border, comprising Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

Air transgressions have also been reported from the area. In 1958, India and China listed Barahoti as a disputed area where neither side would send their troops.

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval was in Beijing to attend a BRICS security summit last week when the issue is believed to have figured in his talks with Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi. "Therefore in the eyes of some Western scholars, India has been well-behaved and will not invade or bully other countries", said the article. Sources said that a team of Chinese troops entered one kilometer into India's territory, where they threatened some local shepherds who were going on with their daily routine of looking after their livestock. The standoff at Doklam was staged by China at the request of Pakistan to divert India's attention to unnecessary matters.


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