100 days of standoff

IN a tone that’s certain to rile New Delhi, the Chinese ambassador, on the eve of the hundredth day of the border standoff in Ladakh, has forcefully reiterated that the onus of disengagement isn’t on Beijing. Accusing the Indian Army of crossing the disputed border and triggering a violent conflict in Galwan valley on June 15, Sun Weidong sought responsible the standoff on the Indian aspect. In sharp distinction to India’s assertions that its troops didn’t cross the LAC and that patrolling had been hampered by the Chinese forces since April, Sun claimed that because the ‘beginning of the year, the Indian side has continuously built facilities at or crossing the LAC in Galwan, constantly changing the status quo of ground control’.

It can’t be mere coincidence that the envoy’s provocative remarks have been posted on-line after India’s ambassador to Beijing reached out to a key interlocutor within the Communist Party of China’s Central Committee to make headway in talks on resolving the disaster. This two-faced Chinese method explains why the Indian Army has ready itself for the lengthy haul, whilst diplomacy is given a good probability. Another spherical of official talks is anticipated within the days to come back. The Chief of Defence Staff has advised Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee in regards to the sizeable troop buildup by China, and the commensurate mobilisation by India.

There have been 5 rounds of conferences on the degree of Corps Commander and three of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs. The Foreign Ministers have spoken to one another, the Special Representatives have met. There has not been a lot progress. New Delhi’s demand for restoration of establishment ante as of April requires disengagement, de-escalation and restoration of patrolling rights. The Chinese conundrum is right here to remain. A multi-pronged counter technique — diplomatic outreach, army readiness, slowdown in commerce and brakes on Chinese tech platforms — is in lively mode. New Delhi is banking on its relentless pursuit.

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