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India's hegemonic policy at the heart of Doklam stand-off

India's hegemonic policy at the heart of Doklam stand-off

There is no word yet here whether the two leaders would be meeting on the sidelines of the summit as the standoff between Indian and Chinese troops continues at the Doklam area of the Sikkim Sector, making it the longest stalemate between the two militaries in recent years. China's defense ministry has threatened to teach India a "bitter lesson", vowing that any conflict would inflict "greater losses" than the Sino-Indian War of 1962, when China invaded India during a Himalayan border dispute and inflicted major damage within a few weeks.

It alleged that India invented excuses to justify illegal action since the incident of border crossing broke out while also calling India's security concerns over China's road-building activity as ill-founded.

The editorial goes onto say that all India needs to do is withdraw its troops from the Doklam area for any kind of meaningful talks and for Beijing to avoid any kind of conflict.

Minister of State for Defence Dr Subhash Bhamre, in a written reply, informed the Rajya Sabha that out of 519 roads, 61 roads of length measuring 3,417 km have been identified as strategic Indo-China Border Roads (ICBR). If the Indian authorities disregard Bhutan's sovereignty by forcing Thimphu to stir up controversy in what is an undisputed area, while India sends its troops across the Chinese border, it would be an unthinkable act in the 21st century.

"I'm not sure how this situation de-escalates", said Yvonne Chiu, a politics professor at Hong Kong University, in an interview with CNN, "not just because of the media hype on both sides, but also because China may not have an interest in de-escalating".

Both Bhutan and India maintain that the junction between the three nations is located at a mountain pass called Batang La.

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The current standoff between China and India in Doklam plateau at the trijunction between China, Bhutan and India has now entered sixth week.

While it is not hard to discern that by releasing such a document at this stage of events when a number of Indian troops have been withdrawn, China is trying to build worldwide opinion in favor of its position by simply projecting India as an "intruder"-hence the "fact and position" paper".

ALSO READ: Are we heading for a War with China? And there are still steps to be covered before the boundary is finalised on the Sino-Indian boundary in the Sikkim sector as per the same understanding. There are not many signs that India is seeking peace. China doesn't see itself as benefiting from a tense relationship with India. "I've watched this dispute over the last few weeks play out and I think India has really taken a very responsible and important role in respecting the global boundaries, playing an important role in peace and stability and also calling for dialogue", Verma said. "We will keep engaging with China to resolve the dispute", she had said while adding that both sides were engaged in a dialogue on various other aspects of bilateral ties.

Being too nervous over a scholar's comments about a possible military operation and counting on the speculated "aid" from the USA reflect India's lack of self-confidence, said Long Xingchun, director of the Center of India Studies at China West Normal University, in an interview with the Global Times.

Bruce Riedel, a former Central Intelligence Agency analyst who is now working with the Brookings Institute - a Washington-based think-tank -has argued that the India-china standoff has enormous consequences for the world and while neither side has asked for American intervention, the American interests are very much at stake. The position paper states, "the trespassing Indian border troops, reaching as many as over 400 people at one point, have put up three tents and advanced over 180 meters into the Chinese territory".

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