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Allowing a regional crisis like Doklam between two prominent members of the BRICS doesn't serve the bigger objective which is to find an alternative world order and balance it with the current one led by the West. "That has fed into a broader competition for regional influence between the two Asian powers".
China, however, did indicate that there was a change taking place at the standoff site on the Doklam plateau. India and Bhutan, meanwhile, maintained that the Chinese were attempting to build roads in Bhutanese territory, which was a violation of two agreements between Thimpu and Beijing signed in 1988 and 1998. The road, which passes through Bhutan's territory, has significantly enhanced China's military logistics in the region.
Its spokesperson Hua Chunying said that Chinese border troops will "continue to patrol in Donglong", which India refers to as Doklam, in the Sikkim sector.
Who's the victor at the end, China or India? It was a mindgame that Beijing has perfected with its "Three Warfares Strategy" devised by its Central Military Commission in 2003 and refined in 2010, and involves a triad of media war, psychological war and legal war. India acts as a security guarantor for the small Himalayan kingdom, which does not maintain official diplomatic relations with China, and therefore, led the charge.
After the Chinese statement, the MEA came out with another statement. Unusually, the government reached out to commentators and talking heads, requesting them to tone down the public rhetoric.
Analysts, however, said this was a temporary solution, and there were hard times ahead for India-China bilateral ties.
The Indian ministry said the two sides had agreed to defuse the crisis following diplomatic talks. Sources have informed India Today that China has indeed agreed not to construct a road in the region.
As both nations refused to withdraw their forces, matters became more heated up and veiled threats were issued by Chinese media with alarming frequency and India prepared to bolster its forces at the border.
China had earlier refused to confirm whether it too was withdrawing from Doklam. While China had been demanding unilateral withdrawal, India had offered simultaneous withdrawal as a solution. Doklam lies in the tri-junction of India, China and Bhutan. Soldiers were seen on camera hurtling stones at each other. Neither in Doklam nor in Pangong. "But the relationship between the two sides can not be repaired in one day". The standoff had seemed to grow tenser by the day. It will indeed provide a healthy environment for the forthcoming cooperation between China and India.
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