Published: Wed, August 09, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Doklam standoff: China takes up border issue with Nepal in 'courtesy meeting'

Doklam standoff: China takes up border issue with Nepal in 'courtesy meeting'

Now, the Times of India reports, a top Chinese academic has written in the state organ that China is planning a "small-scale military operation to expel Indian troops within two weeks". "Our trade with China will not be more than United States dollars 60 billion vis-a-vis Chinese net exports, which is more than USD 2.5 trillion".

Following the development of Sunday, Beijing has, however, insisted upon total withdrawal of Indian forces from the area, saying that even the presence of 50 Indian personnel in the area gives birth to doubts as if India was continuing with its negative designs that symbolise rigidity and negation of global norms of diplomacy, goodwill and good neighbourly ties. If India fancies the idea that it has a strategic card to play in the Indian Ocean, it could not be even more naive. While to assume a definitive answer on this would be foolish, an Indian-Chinese war on the Doklam standoff is unlikely. India had expressed serious concerns over the growing ties between Nepal and China earlier also. The Chinese are probably indulging in rhetoric to send message to neighbours in southeast and east Asia who are closely watching the standoff and probably comparing with their reaction on the South China Sea.

As per reports speaking to a delegation of Indian journalists whose visit to China had been sponsored by the All China Journalists Association (ACJA), Wang reiterated her country's stand on the Doklam issue, calling for immediate withdrawal of Indian troops.

Indian and Chinese troops have been involved in a seven-week faceoff at Doklam, which India and Bhutan consider Bhutanese territory.

The little child from the Valley appealed to the nation to boycott Chinese products by buying Indian products which would help to increase the country's economy.

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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 U.S. 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". "Based on this, China still possesses more troops than India in total", an anonymous military expert told the Global Times.

But despite the alignment of thoughts, why is it that the Americans have yet not been seen backing India when its row with the Chinese over Doklam in the Sikkim sector has escalated? When again asked if a war is really likely to break out, the Padma Bhushan awardee said, "I can not say what day or date but I think at this time it is very likely that we will be in a state of full-scale war with China very soon". Either of these two factors could have easily derailed the bilateral relationship, had it not been for the constant Chinese threat highlighted by incidents like the Doklam intrusion.

A standoff between Indian and Chinese troops is continuing along the border in Doklam in Sikkim sector close to the tri-junction of India, China and Bhutan, since June 16. The editorial ended by saying "India may continue to live in an illusion, but China is bound to resume the order of its border".

The editorial reiterates that "Of course China doesn't want to risk a war and hopes that peace could return along China-India border".

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