Sikkim standoff: China’s 15-page statement is a counter-intuitive treatise; we might be reaching the endgame
Section two of China’s statement reads as follows: “On 16 June 2017, the Chinese side was building a road in the Dong Lang area. On June 18, more than 270 soldiers at the border with the India, carrying weapons and operating two bulldozers crossed the border Sikkim sector in Duo Ka La (Doka La) passes and exceeds more than 100 meters on Chinese soil to hamper the construction of roads on the Chinese side, causing tensions in the region.
In addition to two bulldozers, troops from the border with India that exceeded 400 people at some point have three tents and have advanced more than 180 meters on Chinese soil. At the end of July, still more than 40 were elements of the border with India and a bulldozer residing illegally in Chinese territory. ”
India has rejected the claims. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs had a short answer to the Chinese prepared statement. “India’s position on this issue and related facts was stipulated in our June 30 press release.
India believes that peace and tranquility in the border areas between India and China is an important prerequisite for the development of bilateral relations with China. ”
On the other hand, columnist Ajai Shukla, retired colonel of the Indian army, citing military sources claim that the greatest degradation of troops has already begun and that the two parties are now reduced to 40 each.
In his play to Business Standard, he wrote: “The 45-day confrontation with the Doka began to deteriorate. The main military sources said Business Standard that the number of Chinese border guards in the triangulation disputed border between India, China and Bhutan Has been reduced to only 40, from a peak more than 300 at the end of June.
Meanwhile, many Indian troops were also eliminated. From a peak of nearly 400 at the peak of the crisis, there are currently 150 Indian soldiers in the disputed Doka bowl. ”
So who says the truth – India or China? The answer is irrelevant.
Suites-border surgical attacks on terrorist assets in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (POK) provided a valuable strategic lesson. After his transfer, India gave Pakistan the denial of space needed to prevent a loss of prestige in the country.
Similarly, any solution to the crisis should include the honorable sticky exit option on both sides, as noted in a recent Firstpost article.