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Dolam Stand-Off: Where do we stand?

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Link to my previous detailed analysis on Doklam stand-off: 
http://vatsrohit.blogspot.in/2017/07/doklam-plateau-india-bhutan-and-china.html

A simple comparison between number of troops actively deployed or dedicated to the Sino-Indian border by India and China will show that India has disproportionate advantage. Sure, China or People Liberation Army (PLA) can and will bring in troops based outside of Tibet but the same will take time, the fantastic infrastructure built by the Chinese not-withstanding. And then, there is this small inconvenient issue of acclimatization of troops to fight in such high altitude areas. The average elevation of Tibetan Plateau is 4,500 meters (14,800 feet) and it rises further along the Sino-Indian boundary or McMahon Line where the Himalayan watershed divided India from Tibetan plateau. In comparison, major PLA formations tasked against India – and which will comes from outside Tibet – are based in cities at less than half or even 1/7th of this elevation.
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