Just a few months back jubilations welcomed India’s tactical and diplomatic victory over the Doklam standoff. India’s flawless execution at the borders to retain the status quo ante in the Doklam region has been lauded at the international level, given China’s shrewd and salami slicing policy it adheres to threatening India’s sovereignty.

 

While India displayed consistent maturity and restraint in coping with the Chinese attempt to build a connecting road at Doklam, the Chinese are ready to spark a controversy at the slightest hint of activity by India at the borders.

 

One thing is clear on the Sino-Indian relations  that the Chinese mode to establish authority in the region ended up into damp squib and certainly put China in a blunt position undermining its role as a global player in terms of strengthening of  ties, when it came to  gaining the international spotlight in the matters of territorial disputes, nuclear deterrence or  Pak sponsored anti-terrorist activities.

 

But just when things seemed to be much under control the Sino-India cold war seems to be quivering out of the zone yet again, as around 1600-1800 Chinese troops have set up a military base at the Sikkim-Bhutan-Tibet trijunction area.

 

According to sources, Chinese troops have constructed two helipads, upgraded roads, scores of pre-fabricated huts, shelters, and stores to withstand the freezing winters at high altitudes.

 

The Indian security forces confirmed that while India achieved its “strategic objective” to contain China’s attempt to gain control over the Doklam region, the repercussions have been a complete Chinese settling of the People’s Liberation Army troops in the region.

 

Ever since Indian and Chinese forces receded from the trijunction area, the Chinese have looked for every opportunity to train the guns at India.

 

In October Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s visit to the Nathu-La pass along the Sikkim-China border irked the Chinese to remind India of its 1890 UK-China accord which refers to the Sikkim section of the Sino-Indian border as the historical boundary that urged NewDelhi to abide by the treaty and the relevant agreement between the parties to maintain peace and harmony in the border areas.

 

Nathu-La is the last post separating Sikkim on the Indian side and Tibet on the Chinese side.

 

Adding to the recent spate of Chinese accusations was the crashing of an Indian drone last week which said to have ‘invaded’ China’s airspace “infringing upon its sovereignty”, reported the Xinhua news agency.

 

The fresh deployment of PLA troops in the Bhutanese region of the disputed area raised concerns, however, the status quo prevails at the earlier area of a face-off.

 

While India has always remained tolerant of the Chinese patrolling in the Doklam plateau, it was forced to march down from Doklam post to cross Doklam and physically thwart the Chinese troops from seizing the strategically sensitive Doklam region.

 

The Doklam issue gains steam again with the focus on the visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who stated that China-India relations surpassed “partial fractions”, which is reflected by the diplomatic handling of the Doklam issue, that highlights the friendship between the two nations which are the birthplace of big civilizations.

 

“China and India have far greater shared strategic interests than differences, and far greater needs for cooperation than partial friction,” he said.

 

Foreign Minister Wang Yi is visiting India to mark the tri-nation Russia-India-China (RIC) meet in New Delhi.

 

Mr. Wang’s visit to New Delhi is the first ever by a top Chinese diplomat since the 73-day Doklam standoff and after the commencement of the second five-year term of President Xi Jinping.

 

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One Response to "Is China Pussy-footing On Doklam Again?"

  1. kushal kumar   December 14, 2017 at 11:04 am

    A news has appeared on 11 December 2017 in some newspapers in India to say that some 1600 to 1800 Chinese troops are again camping at Doklam as in December 2017. This news has signaled fears of revival of Doklam issue. While brave Indian forces are ever vigilant to meet challenge , if any , readers may like to know this Vedic astrology writer’s alert for more care and appropriate strategy in hitherto well known article – “ Astrologically speaking , some highlights for India in coming year 2017” – published in theindiapost.com on 19 October , 2017. The related text of the article reads like this :- “ Borders may not be silent. China could deliver a surprise at some strategic location or locations. Continue watch at Doklam”.

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