Taking a page from our inherent capacity to adjust and be flexible, India should practice a little unemotional pragmatism.
The effectiveness of India’s strategy will be measured not by the length of road China may build at the tri-junction but by the diplomatic bonds it establishes with Bhutan.
“One of the important points that was made during the meeting was that peace and tranquillity in the border areas was a prerequisite for further development of our relationship,” the Indian foreign secretary said.
Three almost simultaneous developments, each of which would normally have dented the government’s image in only minor ways, show how Modi’s image is beginning to lose its shine.
Not only does using the prism of a sibling rivalry help us understand the India-China relationship, it can also tell us how to make it better.
We should apply our knowledge of psychological science to geopolitical events and observe how perceptions, emotions, memories and linguistic quirks might have distorted them.
China publicly remained silent on pull-out of Chinese troops in Doklam, but explicitly stated that all Indian troops have withdrawn and that it will continue to “exercise its sovereign rights”.
The Chinese statement made no mention of whether its personnel had been removed and the road construction project ended.
The visit took place after Beijing kept up the official rhetoric on Doklam with the release of a position paper in early August.
Beijing: China today blamed Indian soldiers for “violent action” against its troops during a standoff at Pangong Lake in Ladakh on August 15 leading to scuffles and stone pelting, and has lodged a protest with India. Indian border guards said they had foiled an attempt by Chinese soldiers to […]
Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar also claimed that China has not shared any hydrological data with India this year.
The former internees settled in Canada and the US will hold a peaceful demonstration before the Indian high commission in Ottawa on August 24.
Andrew Small, an expert on China and its relations with Pakistan and the US discusses the wider context to the ongoing standoff at Doklam.
“We continue to engage with China through diplomatic channels to find a mutually acceptable solution,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said.
The Modi government must guard against ‘sleepwalking’ into conflict.
If India wants to play the larger game of countervailing Chinese power, it must confront Beijing’s moves to narrow its strategic space in the neighbourhood.
Nepal’s position is such that it stands to suffer when India and China get close, and even when they drift apart.
The all-party meeting called by the Indian government on Friday apparentlys aim to “build consensus” on how to deal with China.
The foreign secretary said the consensus between India and China to not allow their differences to become disputes underlines the “strategic maturity” with which the two countries “must continue to approach each other”.
People in Bhutan seem to think it is time to resolve the dispute with China once and for all, without pandering to Indian interests.
China and India have been engaged in a standoff in the Doklam area near the Bhutan tri-junction.
China’s conditionality that Indian troops must withdraw first for any dialogue to start can be softened by employing the principle of simultaneity.
If Narendra Modi takes the pressure off Bhutan and instead focuses on the legal arguments China is making, he will find he can resolve the Sino-Indian boundary quickly.
Amid the ongoing stand-off in Doklam, the image of the head of the Tibetan ‘government in exile’ paying respects to the Tibetan flag on Indian territory could be seen as ‘political activity’, something Delhi has discouraged in the past.
Although they discussed a “range of issues”, it remains unclear if the current stand-off at Bhutan’s Doklam region was discussed.