Tension brewed this time near Pangong lake in Ladakh when the Chinese troops tried to cross into Indian territory. There was a minor clash between the army of both Indian and Chinese sides where the army formed a human chain to thwart the enemy. The opposition forces then tried hurling stones on the Indian army men who retaliated in sharp tone. Both sides though sustained minor injuries followed by a border drill between the two.
The incursion bid by the PLA of China comes amid a two month long standoff on the India, Bhutan, China trijunction at Doklam near Sikkim border. The Doklam trijunction is an area jointly commanded by India, Bhutan and China under the McMahon line conventions.
Problem in Doklam arose when the PLA tried to harden a dirt track road in Doklam without prior permission and were pushed back by the Indian troops in response. The Chinese leadership does not recognise the McMahon line and also pointed out that Doklam was a Sino-Bhutan issue and India was overstepping its boundary.
India on the other hand refuted the claims on ground of moral responsibility towards safeguarding Bhutanese interest and to deny unilateral change of status quo in the disputed area by China.
China has been pressing the world to believe a twisted narrative the India is the aggressor and China the victim through its state newspapers and media outlets. India on the other hand is playing the waiting game refusing to comment thus angering the Dragon and its shallow pride.
Historically too China has been called as the ‘Sick Man of Asia’ who got a resurgence under Mao and hence hopes to keep up the aggressive politics to be the centre of power in the South East Asian region.
As China grows economically and populatively, the leadership thinks to take the huge geopolitical centre stage of South East Asia and aims to counter the superpowers like USA and Russia among others. But the major threat to authoritarian ways of the Chinese is the democracy of Indian subcontinent. India with its ideal approach wants to grow harmonically unlike the hegemony shown by China over the region to assert supremacy.
Lastly it is worthwhile to add that China has border disputes with most of its neighbours including India, Malaysia, Vietnam, South Korea, Japan, Philippines, Brunei among others. The problems are a plenty but with diplomatic channels and political stability, one should hope to end the neighbourly dispute and prosper with peace in the coming days into one of the most promising economic hubs of the world.