Border tension between India, China escalates

China will resolutely safeguard its sovereignty in the border conflicts with India even at the cost of war, Chinese experts warned on Monday, amid a standoff between the two nations in the Sikkim sector.

Incidentally, China tried to escalate tensions by referring to the 1962 war and asking India to take lessons. Does India need to take this Chinese aggression more seriously than it perhaps has so far?

However, this can also be seen as a deliberate attempt by China to split India & Bhutan. "We hope India can face up to the hazards of its unruly actions to the country's fundamental interests". Gwadar in Pakistan is another harbour that Chinese submarines frequent.

"This is different from frictions and confrontations between the two sides at undefined boundary, " Geng said.

"(The statement) evaded the 1890 convention between Great Britain and China relating to Sikkim and Tibet.

This stand-off in fact, comes within weeks of China's furious protests against the Dalai Lama's visit to Arunachal Pradesh, an Indian state that China claims and describes as its own. The Chinese were estimated to have lost 300 men and about 450 wounded.

The next important episode was in 2003. India is in a security arrangement with Bhutan to provide protection to its borders. In para 13, the Chinese recognized "Sikkim State of the Republic of India". It is also the first time India has intervened in support of Bhutan with whom it has a treaty alliance since 1949, which was revised in 2007. India had sent in reinforcements in "non combative" (nozzle of gun directed downwards) mode to Doka La, Sikkim. This was thanks to the objectionable road construction work being carried out by the Chinese in Bhutanese territory.

This strategy of territorial creep is based not on chess, which is centered on securing a decisive victory, but on the ancient Chinese game of go, aimed at steadily making incremental gains by outwitting the opponent through unrelenting attacks on its weak points.

The reports mentioned that the China has been spying through its warships on Indian Navy activities in Indian Ocean region.

The reality is, due to United States imperialism's reckless drive to make India a linchpin of its anti-China offensive, the Sino-Indian and Indo-Pakistani conflicts have become inextricably entangled with the strategic confrontation between USA imperialism and China.

As in the past, what is the political import of this stand-off and what are the Chinese trying to convey? Notably, Kailash Mansarovar Yatra has been suspended due to ongoing standoff. Nothing more. The timeline of initiating this incident indicates a high level of pre-planning, possibly at senior levels of the PLA as well as the Chinese government. Explanations have ranged from the Modi-Trump meeting on June 23 to India's boycott of the May 14 One Belt, One Road forum.

The tirade continues with the Chinese demanding the withdrawal of Indian troops as a precondition for any dialogue.

Ever since the Modi Government came to power, it has sought a more equal relationship with China, not letting it dictate the bilateral agenda.

There is no question of India bending to Chinese "demands", for like in 1967, it must stand its ground firmly.

Hu even connected the standoff at the Doklam area with the Modi's visit to the Washington and said India is provoking China because it wants to prove to the USA it could contain China while Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in the U.S., the Global Times reported.

Vanessa Coleman

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