The tri-junction of India, China, and Myanmar is located in the easternmost town of the country that is at a distance of around 50 km from the town of Walong in Arunachal Pradesh. The Indian Army has increased the number of soldiers in the area in order to maintain their supremacy in the in the mountain passes at the close proximity. This will also prevent the happenings such as Doklam-like standoff at the tri-junction, which is near to the Tibet region.
Regarding this matter, a senior army official said that, “After the Doklam standoff, we have increased our presence on India’s side of the tri-junction as it is very important for us from the strategic dimension.” He further added, “Chinese troops did not enter the tri-junction too frequently but had developed a road infrastructure near the area which could be advantageous for the mobilization of army personnel.”
In the war in 1962, the town of Walong, which is located near the Lohit River, had witnessed the Chinese aggression and also the bravery of Indian soldiers against it. Another reason for the Indian Army to increase their strength at this border is the increased bonding of military alliance between Myanmar and China.
One of the officials said, “After the tri-junction in Doklam in the Sikkim sector, this is the most important tri-junction along the Sino-India border.” The Doklam standoff occurred as the Indian troop stopped the Chinese army from constructing a road in a disputed area. The face-off between the troops of China and India that started on June 16, 2017, lasted for 73 days. The area in which Chinese troops tried to construct the road is under dispute, as it is claimed by both Bhutan and China. India stopped the Chinese troops as they felt it could be their strategic planning and can become a threat.
Since the Doklam standoff happened, the Indian Army has increased their number of soldiers who are patrolling along the border near the Tibet region. Apart from this, the Indian Army has lifted up their presence in all the areas around the tri-junction in the Lohit valley.
“There are 18 mountain passes in the region and we have been carrying out long-range patrols to all these passes regularly,” an Indian Army official said. “We have been carrying out war rehearsals regularly. You have to be in an offensive mode to remain in an advantageous position.”