Friday, June 30, 2017
China shows aggression
There is a long-standing border dispute between China and India. There was a war between the two countries in 1962. China won that war as it had attacked India under the garb of friendship. India was not prepared for war and China, on the other hand, applied its dubious nature to deceive it. India has learnt the lesson and removed its lapses very seriously so it would be a blunder on the part of China if it committed the same misadventure. Sikkim is one of India’s states. What wrong has Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat committed by visiting the bordering state? Defence Minister Arun Jaitley has rightly said that it is India of 2017 and not India of 1962. India believes that there should be no war among neighbours. But if it is imposed on it to establish supremacy, retaliation would be befitting and prompt. China must also understand that India is not Pakistan. China’s plan of encircling India cannot be successful. Its construction of a motorable road in Doklam area in Bhutan has rightly upset India. India rightly objected to the work being carried out by Chinese construction party in Dokola area in Bhutan. It disturbs the status quo and poses danger to India's security. It follows the scuffle between Indian and Chinese troops. It has upset China. India is a sovereign country. It is the largest democrcy of the world also. No country can dictate it on the basis of its strength and power. India’s fast development in almost all areas has become an eye-sore for China. India’s standing in the international arena is also growing fast day by day. It is also an emerging economic power. The growing affinity between India and US has also caused anxiety in the minds of China and Pakistan as they see as it as grouping against them. India has no ill-will against any of its neighbours. China may be the largest country in the region, but it does not give it permission to threaten its neighbour as and when it desired. China wants to encircle India by undertaking construction work in almost all its neighbouring countries. Pakistan is already at its feet. India has rightly expressed deep concern over China’s construction of a road in the disputed Doklam area in Bhutan. It had conveyed to Beijing that such an action would represent a significant change of status quo with “serious” security implications for India. India’s reaction follows a face-off between Indian and Chinese troops in the area. It has prompted Beijing to take a tough stance and demand withdrawal of Indian troops from the Sikkim sector as a precondition for “meaningful dialogue” to resolve the situation. India has said it was essential that all parties concerned display utmost restraint and abide by their respective bilateral understandings not to change the status quo unilaterally. It is also important that the consensus reached between India and China through the Special Representatives process is scrupulously respected by both sides. External Affairs ministry has also narrated the sequence of events since June 16 when a PLA construction party entered the Doklam area and attempted to construct a road. In coordination with the Royal Government of Bhutan, Indian personnel, who were present at general area Doka La, approached the Chinese construction party and urged them to desist from changing the status quo. These efforts continue.In keeping with their tradition of maintaining close consultation on matters of mutual interest, Bhutan and India had been in continuous contact through the unfolding of these developments. As far as the boundary in the Sikkim sector was concerned, India and China had reached an understanding in 2012 reconfirming their mutual agreement on the “basis of the alignment”.