15 June, 2021

Bowl Him A Chinaman

And the Doklam impasse drags on. To resolve it, India will have to forge a new diplomatic flexibility.

Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi with NSA Ajit Doval
Photograph by Getty Images
Bowl Him A Chinaman

This crisis, metaphorically speaking, will not be ‘over by Christ­mas’. The optimism about an early resolution of the Doklam standoff is fast receding. The evo­lving reality of the ground situation in the high altitude plateau adj­oining Sikkim is now forcing Chinese and Indian leaders to accept that their res­pective troops deployed at the China-India-Bhutan trijunction are in for a long haul that could even stretch into the winter months and beyond.

If options are to be weighed, a protracted, and uneventful, impasse certainly seems to be a better one than a war between the two nuclear-armed neighbours, as hardliners in China had—perhaps wishfully—predicted since the Doklam issue came into public light more than a month back.

Lest speculations and analyses about the crisis go the bellicose way, the Union Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Gopal Baglay reminded mediapersons about a consensus agreed upon by India and China during the Shanghai Coop­eration Organisation meeting in Astana last June, that “differences...

Latest Magazine

June 21, 2021

other articles from the issue

articles from the previous issue

Other magazine section