The grisly Doklam standoff between India and China seems to be solved, after 3-long-months of border disputes and outbursts – but it took a three-hour-long mutual meeting at 2 AM in the morning to rise with a sense of friendly Indo-Chinese dawn.
Vijay Gokhale, Indian Ambassador to China got a call for urgent meeting from the Chinese saying that they were keen to meet up as soon as possible. Gokhale was at Hong Kong and he took the first flight to Beijing and was sitting in the Chinese foreign ministry at 2 AM in the night with a hope and clear indication to attempt defusing the Doklam standoff. The meeting lasted three hours and finally, a solution was hammered out with mutual understanding and respecting each other’s interest as well as concerns.
The meeting perhaps ended by the dawn, but it was also the dawn of a potential foundation of new relationship between India and China, a friendly one. Very next day, both governments declared not only announced clearing off army troop face-off from the disputed zones, but also showed great understanding for stronger bilateral ties. This was an example of how even the biggest conflicts and wars can be cooled off and solved through peaceful talks between the involved parties.
Within less than a week, PM Modi visited Xiamen for 2017 BRICS Summit and personally met the Chinese President Xi Jinping. During the meeting, both leaders agreed to boost their relationships, forgetting the bitter territorial disputes which would hopefully be buried deep down into history. Yet, the question of how long will this work, or is it actually solved – still persists, because we all need something to puzzle about, wonder about and think about after all.