The Modi government must guard against ‘sleepwalking’ into conflict.
The CPI(M) cannot remain silent as China seeks to unilaterally re-wire multilateral rules and norms for Asia and beyond.
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’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 has said that it is “deeply concerned at recent Chinese actions”, particularly its decision to construct a road in Doklam tri-junction in Bhutan.