Trade, diplomatic ties of India, China intact


In Doklam, at over 11,000 feet, the troops from both sides continue to be ranged against each other, having built makeshift defences after pitching earlier tents and establishing logistical supply lines, despite the 150 meters of Concertina wire coils separating them.

The Doklam standoff on the tri-junction of India, China and Bhutan is well into its second month and Beijing continues with its hardline position and refuses to negotiate on equitable terms.

China has accused India of massing troops, however, and state media have warned against a fate worse than its defeat in a brief border war in 1962. The Global Times editorial which focuses on worldwide issues from Chinese official perspective, while drawing a parallel with 1962 Sino-India war to present situation wrote, "India made constant provocations at the China-India border in 1962".

Beijing called for India to "immediately and unconditionally withdraw its trespassing border troops" back to their side of the border. As China's warmongering has continued, its true colors have become increasingly vivid. Even if there are no definitive answers to this question, what China's neighbors' think on this issue matters equally as much.

"This kind of reports represents the view of the media and think-tanks".

Remember 1962: Ever since the latest stand-off broke out, the Chinese press has in multiple editorial pieces referred to 1962 war saying India hasn't learn any lesson from it.

India-born United Kingdom economist and politician Meghnad Desai on Monday said that China is creating the border problem and India has to be psychologically prepared for it. "Because of the staunch American support and the impending onset of winter, Mao backed down and announced a unilateral cease fire and withdrawal from China's conquests in the northeast", he writes. But, as China's claims and tactics have come under growing scrutiny, its approach has faced diminishing returns. The Indian Army asked the Chinese to halt the construction work in the area to which China retaliated with an argument that Doklam was an undisputed Chinese territory. Certainly, it will cause tensions to rise, and they might not settle down until the up-coming BRICS summit that both Xi and Modi are expected to attend on September 3-4. And it is hard to see how Xi could turn the situation around. However, India never replied to China until the standoff broke out. We have more than 4,000-km-long worldwide boundary with China and apart from the Doka-La area, we are not having any trouble in any other part of the global boundary at present, ” sources admitted.

But, even without actual conflict, China stands to lose. In such a scenario, it is also worth noting that China has drawn on its "myth making machine" to acquire profound leverage in its regional ties. Its External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said India would "keep engaging with China to resolve the dispute", and "patience, control on comments and diplomacy can resolve problems".

India and China have been locked in a standoff in Doklam since June 16 after Chinese troops began constructing a road near the Bhutan trijunction. That imbroglio only ended up strengthening the India-Bhutan alliance. If ASEAN was initially built as a bulwark against communist China, it can fulfill its objective in the changed context of a hegemony seeking, national power obsessed, mercantilist China. "And make such guarantees to the media that China wouldn't take military action". Fear of China changed the situation. A standoff ensued between the Indian and Chinese border troops. By the beginning of the 1970s, China did soften its approach to Bhutan and many of its claims on Bhutanese territory stopped appearing on Chinese maps.

China is being very aggressive after its road building bid was thwarted in Doklam. India has clearly stated that it seeks to end the present imbroglio through negotiation.