China and India have finally reached an amicable solution to the Doklam conflict. The two have agreed to disengage their border forces and have asked them to stand down. Political analysts believe it to be a measure before the start of an important economic summit. President Xi Jinping and PM Narendra Modi are expected to meet at the upcoming BRICS summit.
Official Responses on End to Doklam Conflict
The Indian side claims that both parties have agreed to disengage personnel and end the border face-off. Furthermore, it added that the process is ongoing will gradually complete.
On the other hand, Chinese official statement said that India is withdrawing its personnel as wells as equipment. Furthermore, it added that China will keep on exercising its rights within its territorial sovereignty.
Diplomatic Efforts to Overcome Doklam Conflict
China understands the need for maintaining a peaceful neighborhood since it wants to expand its economic influence. The country is already planning to include other emerging economies into BRICS. The new economies include Egypt, Indonesia, Thailand, and Kazakhstan among others. The leaders of these countries are coming to China to attend the summit.
The Indian political analysts believe that the upcoming summit will help bridge the differences between the two sides. They see the de-escalation of the Doklam conflict as a necessary step forward. However, the Chinese political analysts do not share the same beliefs. They believe that there does exist the risk of both sides again going towards a military conflict. They think that both India and China may try to punish each other through trade wars.
Both China and India consider Doklam plateau as important.
For India, it lies between the central India and its North Eastern states. It lies on the Chicken’s neck, a narrow corridor, that India thinks makes it vulnerable. Therefore, a road construction on that end gives India a strategic disadvantage over China. The Chinese troops located at higher altitude make India wary of the next move by its rival.
China considers it as part of the OBOR. The construction of the road onto the Doklam plateau is part of its initiative to connect all parts of China. Therefore, it argues that it started the construction to achieve that objective. China does not see anything wrong with the building of the road on the plateau.
This standoff highlights the changed self-image of both China and India as emerging world economic powers. The situation so far remains calm. However, only future will tell if the two nations can get past their differences to play their roles in the overall economic development of the region.