No compromise on Doklam, India must move out: China

Violet Powell
July 6, 2017

"Jaitley is right that the India of 2017 is different from that of 1962 - India will suffer greater losses than in 1962 if it incites military conflicts".

Tension continues on borders of Sikkim between India & China, with China threatening a war if Indian troops do not move out of Dokalam area.

If the tensions escalate and trade channels are disrupted, then both nations are likely to suffer significant monetary losses.

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In 2014, hundreds of Indian and Chinese troops faced off on the de facto border known as the Line of Actual Control that runs along the northwestern Indian region of Ladakh, overshadowing a visit by China's President Xi Jinping.

These small quarrels were later considered as the warm up before the war which was fought between India and China in 1967. "China and Bhutan had about 24 rounds of boundary talks", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a media briefing answering a question about Bhutan's protest. But even as its Belt and Road connectivity project becomes a tool to project Chinese economic and cultural power, it has become uncompromising on issues that it earlier preferred to "lie low" on, with the latest being the row with India over disputed Bhutanese territory north of Sikkim.

There is little doubt that China's aim is to contain India's rising power through strategic linkages with the country's neighbours, particularly Pakistan. On 8 September 1965, China said that if India did not dismantle all aggressive military structures on the Sikkim-Tibet boundary, it would be responsible for all consequences.

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"The Indian side has changed arguments several times, first claiming that "China intruded into Indian territory", but later saying "there was no incursion into our territory" followed by the new excuse that India is helping Bhutan safeguard its territory".

India has expressed concern over the road building, apprehending that it may allow Chinese troops to cut India's access to its northeastern states.

Back in the days of Jawaharlal Nehru, China had refused to deal with India as far as the affairs of Sikkim and Bhutan. India says China is occupying 15,000 square miles of its territory on the Aksai Chin plateau.

"We believe the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) is powerful enough to expel Indian troops out of Chinese territory".

The Indian military was quoted by Indian media as saying that more troops have been deployed there in a non-combative mode.

The month-long standoff - and unconfirmed reports of troop buildups on both sides of the border - has also underscored the swiftly deteriorating relations between the two Asian rivals.

However this time, instead of visible efforts to defuse the situation, analysts say the tone of the rhetoric from the two sides is heating up.

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