Home » A PRAGMATIC DECISION BY INDIA AND CHINA
30 Aug 17
There is no denying that a respectable exit by both India and China in the two month long Doklam standoff will pay off higher dividends to both countries in the long run. Pragmatically resolving such a sensitive issue keeping the collective Asian interest in mind by maintaining peace and tranquility will undoubtedly safeguard national interests of both and could provide deeper space for their already boosted economic trajectories.
Then what could China’s strategy behind Doklam be?
It appears that the real intention was primarily to curb India’s fanning out. India’s reluctance in joining OBOR, decision to invite Dalai Lama (perceiving it to be infringement of Panchseel), Taiwan Parliamentary Delegation (contrast with One China Policy), and recent India-US Malabar exercise were making China uneasy.
However, India’s deliberate stand on Doklam kept the Chinese guessing, at the same time media propaganda kept building the pressure on both sides. For China, a respectful exit was the need of the hour, keeping in mind the following factors:
Overall China lost nothing neither did it gain anything out of Doklam. However, it tried to make its presence felt, which did ring a bell. Same time, the Indian side’s strong stand on the issue saying “it should be prepared to beat back more such strife’s” would help China in timely reviewing its approach towards India.
Did it serve any good to India? Yes.