Nearly half of India’s weapons, including tanks and artillery guns, have stocks for less than ten days of combat.
Any hostilities will be short and non-conclusive, and will puncture the image of itself that China has built.
There has been no enhancement of troops at the India-China-Bhutan tri-junction in Doklam; in Nathu La, Indian and Chinese soldiers hold border meeting
External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj met with Bhutanese foreign minister Damcho Dorji on the sidelines of the BIMSTEC ministerial meeting.
Nepal’s Deputy Prime Minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara wants India and China to use “peaceful diplomatic means” to resolve the issue.
The Chinese official, however, did not provide any evidence for the claim, which varies with Bhutan’s stated position and actions.
The time has come for India and China to explore new institutional mechanisms for resolving their boundary dispute.
Andrew Small, an expert on China and its relations with Pakistan and the US discusses the wider context to the ongoing standoff at Doklam.
China has said that it has shown “utmost goodwill” over the prolonged military standoff with India in the Sikkim sector but warned that its “restraint” has a “bottom line”.
Patience, control on comments and diplomacy can resolve problems, said the external affairs minister in Parliament on Thursday.
Senior Chinese diplomat also said that though Indian troops levels at the stand-off point are down to 40, “even if there is one single soldier in Doklam, that is a violation of Chinese territory and that is intolerable.”
While acknowledging that India has reduced troops at Doklam, China has released a 15-page document on the current stand off.
Vinod Dua talks about the Rajya Sabha, and the possibility of a war with China and its implications for India.
Last month, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said both sides should first pull back their troops for any talks to take place.
The Modi government must guard against ‘sleepwalking’ into conflict.
As per the official programme, Doval will also call on Chinese President Xi Jinping tomorrow along with fellow top security officials of the BRICS countries.
Bhutan may be a ‘small’ nation but it is as concerned about the sanctity of its territory and way of life as any other sovereign state.
How have the Indian and Chinese media been covering the Doklam standoff?
The CPI(M) cannot remain silent as China seeks to unilaterally re-wire multilateral rules and norms for Asia and beyond.
Today, as two Asian powers face off with Bhutan at the centre of this delicate situation, the outcome will show whether the Asian century has a chance to be a peaceful one, or whether it will replay the violence of the colonial period.
In its weekly press briefing the MEA was reluctant to answer whether Bhutan “formally” asked for India’s intervention before Indian soldiers crossed the border.
Nepal’s position is such that it stands to suffer when India and China get close, and even when they drift apart.
While India has been assertive in protecting interests it considers vital to its security posture in the region, New Delhi remain cagey when it comes to drawing lines on a map.
In the sixth episode of Media Bol, Manoj Joshi and Smita Sharma join Urmilesh to discuss how the media has covered the India-China border issue.
Indian and Chinese troops have entered the fourth week of a stand-off at Bhutan’s Doklam region, but according to all reports, while they are at close proximity, the situation remains calm at the location.
India-China relations require a fundamental reset and a new scholarly book provides a useful, if indirect, contribution to how we think about the relationship.
Why did Bhutan, which stood by India during its conflict with China and Pakistan, drift away? What caused the crisis in bilateral relations in 2013?
Siddharth Varadarajan and Jahnavi Sen from The Wire analyse three news stories of the day
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”.
Manoj Joshi, senior fellow at the Observer Research Foundation and founding editor of The Wire, M.K. Venu, discuss India’s recent standoff with China.
People in Bhutan seem to think it is time to resolve the dispute with China once and for all, without pandering to Indian interests.
Saying too much about the boundary dispute might turn Bhutan into a punching bag for both its giant neighbours, says a Bhutanese editor.
China’s conditionality that Indian troops must withdraw first for any dialogue to start can be softened by employing the principle of simultaneity.
“Indian troops invaded China’s Doklam area in the name of helping Bhutan, but in fact the invasion was intended to help India by making use of Bhutan.”
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.
India’s former NSA, who has been involved in negotiations during earlier border incidents, says the difference this time is that the Chinese want India to withdraw even before any dialogue can take place.
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.
The Wire spoke to experts about whether a major border incident between the two countries was expected and how India should deal with the situation since it involves ally Bhutan.
China’s ambassador to India, Luo Zhaohui, said that the withdrawal of Indian troops from the area is a ‘precondition’ for any resolution.
Wedged between Sikkim and Bhutan, Doklam in Tibet’s Chumbi valley points like a dagger at the Siliguri corridor connecting the Northeast with the rest of India.