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Things have steadily gone south between India and China, purportedly over territorial spats and Beijing’s malevolent backing of terrorists inimical to New Delhi.

 

The Sino-Indian relationship has been trapped in a stand-off at Doklam, the Sikkim section of the China-India boundary, when Indian troops trespassed into Chinese territory and blocked Chinese road works in mid-June. Beijing has been insisting that New Delhi back down.

 
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Since March, Congressman Ted Poe has introduced a bill to designate Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism followed by one to strip Pakistan of its major non-NATO ally (MNNA) status, and a funding amendment that would withhold reimbursements to the Pakistani military.

 

Every week there is news from India of a fresh lynching, mostly of a Muslim or a Dalit accused of transporting beef.

 

The current military stand-off at Dokalam will test effectiveness of changing foreign policy orientation in both India and China.

 

If there were any doubts that China is systematically changing the famous ‘tao guang yang hi’ (TGYH) approach that underpinned its foreign policy since the late 1980s, the ongoing military standoff in Doklam — which started with the People’s Liberation Army trying to change the status quo at the border tri-junction of Bhutan, India and China — has laid them to rest.

 

If there were any doubts that China is systematically changing the famous ‘tao guang yang hi’ (TGYH) approach that underpinned its foreign policy since the late 1980s, the ongoing military standoff in Doklam — which started with the People’s Liberation Army trying to change the status quo at the border tri-junction of Bhutan, India and China — has laid them to rest.

 

Most intractable situations faced in the present actually begin as “clever acts” in the past.

 
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A VISA application by the mother of convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav is the latest opportunity for India and Pakistan to back away from an increasingly confrontational stance against each other.

 

In these last four years, India has on multiple occasions violated the line of control and still had the nerve to blame Pakistan for meddling in their affairs.

 


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