Foreign Policy Watch: India-China

India plans to increase troops along Indo-Bhutan border


Mains Paper 3: Internal Security | Security challenges and their management in border areas

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Not much

Mains level: Doklam issue


Deployment of troops

  1. According to Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) , the force plans to increase its strength along the Indo-Bhutan border, short of Doklam
  2. SSB, one of India’s central paramilitary forces guards India’s 1,751km and 699km borders with Nepal and Bhutan respectively
  3. While the total mandated strength along the Bhutan and Nepal borders requires 734 border outposts (BOPs) to be stationed by the SSB, currently there are only 635 BOPs

Why is this notable?

  1. It came just two days before India and China sit down to conduct border talks
  2. Chinese influence has been increasing along the border areas and other Indian agencies are keeping track of that development

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