Talks off says China, India says they were never scheduled

Geneva Matthews
July 7, 2017

"New Delhi's regional hegemony is swelling to a tipping point".

It said it was because of India that "Bhutan has not established diplomatic ties with its neighbour China or any other permanent member of the UN Security Council".

"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". The troops of both sides continue to patrol the areas in accordance with their own perceptions of where the border is, which often clashes with the other side's perception, leading to claims and counter-claims of transgression.

China also appeared frustrated that India has refused to join its continent-wide "One Belt, One Road" infrastructure initiative, which includes a key component in Pakistan — India's archrival but one of China's staunchest allies. Going by the deep strategic and national security interests in Doklam that India has, New Delhi is never going to back down. "Over the past few years it's actually been India that has in the Sikkim sector of the China-India border who has been building a great number of facilities and deploying a large number of forces, apart from fortifying some areas".

Another factor which makes the current standoff different from normal transgression incidents is the sequence of events and the timing of the incident.

As the stand-off at the Doka La area continued for the third week, the official media and the think-tanks here have said that "war is possible if the conflict between India and China is not handled properly".

China and India's latest dispute in the North-East border region have drawn in Bhutan, and shows signs of escalating.

"China observes relevant agreements with Bhutan, and China's activities in Doklam have not violated any bilateral agreement nor disrupted the status quo", he said. There were reports that Xi and Modi may meet on the sidelines of the G20 Summit to resolve the standoff. This outcome of the meeting appears to have made China uncomfortable.

Incensed with India's involvement, China retaliated by closing a nearby mountain pass that Indian pilgrims use to reach Mount Kailash, a sacred Hindu and Buddhist site in Tibet. A PLA spokesperson later commented that the Indian Army Chief's remark that "India is ready for a two-and-a-half front war", was extremely irresponsible. "But meanwhile, we must have enough tools to deter India from provocations".

"China has always taken this seriously and done a lot to this end".

Last week, Chinese defence spokesman Colonel Wu Qin told that the trials of the tank, reportedly weighing about 35 tonnes, were taking place during military exercises. "However to the surprise of everyone, the Indian side trampled on the basic norms governing the worldwide relations proposed by itself by illegally crossing into other country's territory".

Geng reiterated that withdrawal of troops by India from the Doklam was a precondition for dialogue between both sides. India believes it could stand up to China and it will. If India loses in the Doklam confrontation, two things will happen: since the territory is disputed by Bhutan and Bhutan relies on India for protecting its territorial integrity and sovereignty, Thimpu will feel let down by India.

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