The two countries though will certainly try to outmaneuver each other and not play by each other’s scripts.
“If China succeeds in having its way with other countries, and certainly with India, this could embolden China to be even more extrapolous, more unbending in dealing with countries with which it has territorial disputes”, Glaser said.
Playing trade as a tool: Global Times recently claimed that Myanmar is unlikely to support India’s stand on the tensions in the border area, as that would risk cutting its economic ties with China. It has nothing to do with India.
The editorial also claims that Indians have “become clear that Indian troops can not defeat the Chinese People’s Liberation Army” and that they believe that the United States would interject on India’s behalf in case of a conflict.
Global times, which is known for its hoarse stance on India and it’s policies, also reasoned that 1962, had also seen cold war between USA and Russian Federation, however, in this regard, “Beijing and Washington were engaged in hostility and China’s relations with the Soviet Union had begun to chill”. I think he had hoped that India would have a policy that would not challenge Chinese interest.
Kumar attacked the BJP leadership of making an issue over AICC Vice-president Rahul Gandhi meeting the Chinese ambassador amidst the border face off in Sikkim, saying “its senior leaders have been visiting China frequently”.
The document states that both China and Bhutan “have conducted joint surveys in their border area and have basic consensus on the actual state of the border area and the alignment of their boundary”. The two nations, despite their border issues in the practically inaccessible Himalayas, have remained at peace since a brief border war 55 years ago, but the situation has been escalating in Bhutan for weeks now.
R Dutta Choudhury GUWAHATI, Aug 8 – The long standoff between India and China in Doka-La area has not affected the diplomatic and trade relation between the two countries and the Government of India is of the view that the issue can be resolved amicably through talks.
Noted commentator on global affairs Meghnad Desai in an interview predicted that a war could break out within a month between India and China. China, however, claimed Doklam as its territory and asked India not to interfere in its personal matter. Is the stand-off a prelude to a regional are-alignment, with Bhutan gearing up to become the latest entrant to China’s billion-dollar projects?
The strong rhetoric of the state media, is however, not backed by the official sources. “And that could be the single most far-reaching outcome of the standoff at Sikkim”. It was an indirect threat to Myanmar that if it goes with India, China could retaliate economically. The dynamics are certainly changing. For the U.S. the challenge is to preserve its alliance system in the region by retaining the confidence of its allies in the security cover it provides, keep China bottled up in the western Pacific, and to the extent China tries to escape these constraints, expands its naval power and extend its presence to the Indian Ocean, to work together with countries like India and Japan to limit this. The Chinese official media has been upping the ante asking India to withdraw troops from the area.