Full-scale war between India and China likely soon, says Meghnad Desai

Posted August 07, 2017

For almost 50 days now, soldiers from the Indian Army and the Chinese People's Liberation Army have been positioned on the Doklam plateau, reportedly just 150 feet away from each other.Beijing has responded belligerently to the issue, accusing India of entering Chinese territory (the area where the standoff is taking place is in fact disputed between China and Bhutan) and demanding a non-conditional withdrawal of Indian troops.

Geng said that China, "out of good will", notified India in advance through a border meeting mechanism on May 18 and June 8 about its road construction in the Donglang area, but "the Indian side didn't make any response to the Chinese side through any channel for over one month".

China's Foreign Ministry issued a document Wednesday setting out what it called "the facts" about Indian troops "trespassing" in Chinese territory, calling on India to immediately and unconditionally withdraw and saying Beijing would work with Bhutan to resolve the boundary issue.

Lashing out a strong warning at the Modi government, China on Saturday asked India to be aware of its army's overwhelming firepower and logistics.

In an interview to The Citizen on the India-China face off in Doklam, Karat said that New Dehi does not seem to be understanding the seriousness of the Chinese intentions.

He said that India and the United States have an "implicit defence relationship" and that the two countries can safely rely on each other.

Meanwhile, as per a top Indian diplomat, war is not an option. "Perhaps India is blinded by her regional hegemony and comments of the Western media, and has started believing that it can behave with a country like China in a way she is dealing with countries in South Asia".

The article said that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) can easily and effectively destroy Indian troops at Doklam. No solution will be gained out of war because even after war, talks are required.

The editorial also claimed that "PLA has made sufficient preparation for military confrontation". Indian border troops are no rival to [Chinese] field forces.

The two sides' troops then confronted each other close to a valley controlled by China that separates India from its close ally, Bhutan, and gives China access to the so-called Chicken's Neck, a thin strip of land connecting India and its remote northeastern regions.

It said the Modi government was violating global laws and was putting India's national honour and peaceful continuation of progress in jeopardy. And a solution will also emerge from it.as far as economic strength is concerned, China is one of the leading countries among major contributors and economic partners.

"India, which has stirred up the incident, should bear all the consequences".

He said that it is important to understand the Chinese thought process because they are "much more nationalistic, militaristic and aggressive" this time.

Amidst the ongoing crisis between the two countries who are no strangers to border disputes, China has repeatedly invoked the 1890 China-Britain treaty which, the Chinese Foreign Ministry recently said, clearly defines China-India boundary in the Sikkim part of the border.