While the Sikkim dispute persists to aggravate, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval is scheduled to attend the BRICS NSA meeting at Beijing, China on 26, 27 July.
The NSA (National Security Agency) meeting of all five members of BRICS nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) for this year will be hosted in Beijing, China. Keeping in mind the Sikkim standoff at tri-junction border between India and China, Indian Government will send Ajit Doval – the National Security Advisor of India, who is also the Special Representative for India-China border talks, at the BRICS meeting this year. During Doval’s visit, talks to resolve the Doklam and Sikkim disputes are expected to be made and India will use diplomatic channels with China to do so.
Doval’s visit at Beijing and meeting with his counterpart – Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi will be a crucial step towards resolving the border issues. This meeting has the potential to become pivotal for the month-old dispute, only if Doval’s traditional tough stance ‘against’ Beijing and China’s unyielding responses are kept aside for some meaningful progress. Doval, who is generally known as ‘hawkish’ Doval is known for his tough hardliner stance for China and he actually prefers depending on ‘military solutions’ for solving territorial issues.
India, since long have been using a defensive approach to handle border issues, but it was Doval who pitched up the concept of defensive-offensive and offensive foreign policy – the surgical strike on Pakistan border could be the best example. While this approach may or may not have worked with Pakistan, but we must remember that we are dealing which China – the largest Asian economy, country with one of the best military, a veto power in United Nations Security Council, ally with Russia, economic and trade backbone for modern Indian economy are just a few points to count from. And it is always best to opt for diplomatic approach over offensive way which will just be a humanitarian, economic and a political catastrophe for both countries.