WAR tensions between China and India have once again begun to build after Beijing ordered military forces to occupy the disputed Doklam Plateau region

Tensions are rising between China and India over the disputed Doklam Plateau border. The area was part of a ten week standoff between the two countries just a couple of months ago.

The People’s Liberation Army has started building new military infrastructure in the area, including mortar and gun emplacements, nine three-story buildings that could be used for barracks, and almost 300 military vehicles.

The Chinese foreign ministry has previously stated that they will do whatever it takes to secure the area.

A spokesman said: “China will take all necessary measures to safeguard its legitimate and lawful rights and interests.”

A meeting took place on earlier this week between the two nations to once again try and ease tensions between the countries.

The Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and the Indian Foreign External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met to look at how the how the two nations could move forward.

Speaking after the meeting Indian spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said: “The external affairs minister and Chinese foreign minister both noted the challenge it had posed to the relationship and both expressed satisfaction that it was resolved with the disengagement of troops at the face-off site through concerted diplomatic communications.”

Satellite images show that China’s latest offensive on the Doklam Plateau region started towards the end of November. China appeared to be trying to hide their presence by hiding military vehicles and tents under camouflage nets.
In August talks were held to defuse the mounting crisis over the region and it was agreed that military personnel would leave the area.

But although Indian troops left the Doklam region, China’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at the time that Chinese troops would continue to patrol the area.

She said: “China will continue to exercise sovereignty rights to protect territorial sovereignty in accordance with the rules of the historical boundary.”

The Chinese defence ministry added that troops would remain on a state of alert.

She said: “We remind the Indian side to learn the lesson from this incident, earnestly respect the historical boundary and the basic principles of international law, meet China half way and jointly protect the peace and tranquillity of the border region.

“The world is not peaceful, and peace needs to be safeguarded. The Chinese military has the confidence and the ability to protect the country's sovereignty, security and development interests.”

China’s decision to increase their military presence in the area could lead to India once again sending their army to the region.

Tensions over Doklam have raged since the 1960s when a dispute over the border between China and Bhutan broke out.