The Chinese are now looking up for pitching a joint trilateral summit with India and Pakistan on sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meeting, to improve regional relations between the three neighbouring Asian nations, because China “cannot stand another Doklam incident”.
Without any exaggeration, the India-Pakistan-China tri-junction can be called to be one of the most disputed regions in Asia, leading to spats on the international borders – like the Doklam incident. Taking account of the strain that Doklam caused on relations between India and China, the Chinese are now batting for a joint summit with India and Pakistan to improve regional relations. While delivering keynote address at the ‘Beyond Wuhan – How far and fast can China-India relations go’ event organised by Chinese Embassy, China’s envoy to India Luo Zhaohui informally proposed a summit among India, Pakistan and China on the sidelines of a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).
We cannot stand another Doklam incident. Let’s make a joint effort to maintain peace along the border: Luo Zhaohui, Chinese Ambassador to India pic.twitter.com/tGFTlkpvZM
— ANI (@ANI) June 18, 2018
Calling the joint summit idea to be constructive, Luo expressed how his country “cannot stand another Doklam incident” and that, a joint effort is needed to maintain peace at the borders – which will be in interest of all three nations. A similar trilateral summit was held by China, Russia and Magnolia who share land borders too – and has been beneficial to all three nations, so why not practice the same to prevail peace on the Indian peninsula. The prime goal of such a summit, if it happens, will be to solve regional issues including the ever-present boundary question – by finding a mutually acceptable solution in a Special Representatives’ meeting.
Differences between nations at international borders is not uncommon, but it is necessary to control, manage and narrow down these differences with cooperation between all parties involved; in this case, it is India, Pakistan and China. While it really is a very constructive idea, it would be so in ideal world – but with all the history and differences that the three nations have, the summit will be an absolute gamble. It works if it works, or it completely fails – it is up to the three nations to decide the fate of peaceful future talks between the three Asian nations.