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Pangda village

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Pangda village:


  • It is a new border village built by China.
  • The village is located on territory disputed by China and Bhutan.
  • The area is east of the India-Bhutan-China trijunction on the Doklam plateau, the site of a 72- day stand- off in 2017.

Previous such instances:

In July this year, Beijing said Sakteng Wildlife sanctuary, situated in eastern Bhutan, belonged to China.

  • The claim was made at the 58th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council where China tried to “oppose” funding to a project for the Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary situated in Bhutan saying that it was “disputed” territory.

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What happened at Doklam?

In Doklam, the faceoff had taken place over territory belonging to Bhutan, which has a border security agreement with India.

  • The Chinese wanted to take control of the territory, called Doklam, to come closer to what is known as the chicken’s neck or the Silliguri Corridor of India that connects the Northeast with the rest of the country.

How it came to an end?

It was practically an eyeball-to-eyeball standoff which ended in the view of China hosting BRICS and India refusing to back down, and a possible boycott of the summit. The standoff ended with diplomatic interference.

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InstaLinks:

Prelims Link:

  1. Pangda village.
  2. Where is Doklam?
  3. Where is Chumbi valley?
  4. About Galwan river.
  5. Siliguri corridor.
  6. LAC vs LOC.
  7. Neighbouring Indian States of Doklam.

Mains Link:

Discuss why India must not agree to de-escalate the situation at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh without an agreement on returning to “status quo ante” or the situation before the stand-off began.

Sources: the Hindu.