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China is following a well-calibrated sinister design to occupy areas in Doka La. This devious stratagem is being followed by China in all the areas being illegally claimed by it in its periphery with the intention of establishing its hegemony.

 

All the elements of drama in high places are there. Six thousand soldiers from the world’s two largest countries are eyeball-to-eyeball, sometimes literally, on a remote chunk of Himalayan rock.

 

With the standoff in the Doklam region continuing between India and China, strategic affairs analyst Commodore (retd) C Uday Bhaskar, Director of Society for Policy Studies, spoke to Anam Ajmal about the issues at stake in the current hostility and ways to diffuse tensions:

 

All the bluster and threats between India and China these days should not conceal the fact that on the Doklam stand-off China has a case.

 

The standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in the Sikkim section of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) between the two countries has led to a suspension of the Kailash Mansarovar yatra via the new Nathu La route.

 

India First meets America First and agree Pakistan is third-rate. The most tangible consequence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s maiden summit with the United States president, Donald Trump, has been the blacklisting of the Hizbul Mujahideen leader, Syed Salahuddin, and an agreement both countries should go after terrorist safe havens.

 
The Afghan problem needs a political solution in which regional powers need to play a role. Regional, meaning not the US, and powers, meaning China, not a second level petty aggressor like India.
 

Sher Bahadur Deuba has been elected Prime Minister of Nepal at an especially fragile time in the life of the 11-year-old Himalayan republic.

 

 

In May 2017, China hosted the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRFIC) in Beijing.

 

In Astana, Kazakhstan, this week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will tick off a box that has long been on India’s wishlist — full membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).

 


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