India and China border standoff enters third week

Posted July 12, 2017

Even as the Sikkim border dispute between India and China shows no sign of abating, the Indian Army seems to have settled in for the long haul.

"Reducing it (issues between the two countries) to black and white argumentation can not be a serious proposition", he said.

Indian foreign secretary S. Jaishankar reiterated on Tuesday, July 11, that the situation at Doklam was related to the boundary tri-junction with Bhutan, but also asserted that there was no reason that India and China would not be able to handle this latest issue.

"If certain issues can not be resolved for the time being, they may be shelved temporarily so that they will not affect the normal state-to-state relations", Jiang said. Jaishakar, who was the Ambassador of India to China from 2009-2013, and then to the USA before becoming the foreign secretary in January 2015, said, "These are still early days".

"India's incursion, based on its own strategic judgment, is a clear violation of worldwide law", the article said, claiming that the western countries will not unconditionally support India as they have a wide range of "common interests" with China.

India has accused China of building roads on the India-China-Bhutan trijunction and its People's Liberation Army (PLA) of intruding into Indian territory in Sikkim and destroying bunkers, while China has claimed that India is provoking them and has said that the issue can be resolved only if India withdraws its troops.

New Delhi has said it reached an agreement with Beijing in 2012 that the "tri-junction boundary points between India, China and third countries will be finalised in consultation with the concerned countries".

"India is de facto responsible for Bhutan's security", explains Sameer Patil, the director of Gateway House, an Indian foreign policy think tank. "It's the first time the Tibetan exile administration in northern India has flown the flag at this location", it said. Two, in their relationship, India and China must not allow differences to become disputes. At the same time, let us be clear what is not happening: "the United States is not withdrawing from the world".

"Tensions along parts of the 3,500 km frontier that China and India share have simmered ever since the two sides fought a brief but bloody war in 1962", South China Morning Post added, referring to the 30-day China-India war along their vast Himalayan frontier at the height of the Cold War. The Tibet card is gradually losing its value.

But the current Chinese build-up "is to diminish India in the eyes of the region", Ramachandran says. "If New Delhi is pulling the strings of the Tibetan exiles' political act of flag-hoisting, it will only have burned itself". "Both border issues and the Tibet question concern China's core interests and China won't yield to provocations", it said.