The eyeball-to-eyeball dispute between India and China is not only a treat for the two countries, but the entire neighbourhood is keeping a keen eye on what might happen between two of the largest Asian countries at Doklam. The rising tension has compelled Nepal to break its silence and speak up for a peaceful solution for Doklam standoff.

The Doklam standoff is now entered its 3rd month and continuously aggravating as both countries are intensifying military forces at the Indo-Chinese border. India’s swift and decisive stand on Doklam expresses its newly found hard-headedness towards expressing realism in its foreign policy rather than morality, but India mustn’t forget that they are dealing with the big bully. China is not only bigger, richer, more populous and more powerful, but it also enjoys diplomatic international relations – be it through their ‘bluff-bully-bluster’ tactics. So, instead of frowning upon China’s diplomatic methods, which by the way, have worked like wonders for the ‘dragon’ nation; India should rather try to study and understand the Chinese. And China must try to relax its aggravated approach towards India, in mutual interest.

The dispute at India-China-Bhutan tri-junction area is been looked at with anticipation, even beyond Asia; and since Nepal is sandwiched between India and China – geographically as well as diplomatically, it fears to be pressed between two giants. Although Nepal has managed to remain silent and neutral on the Doklam issue, it has finally urged a request to both nations for solving the border dispute. Adhering to its ‘neutral’ approach, Krishna Bahadur Mahara, the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Nepal, categorically stated that Nepal would not align on the Doklam issue with any of its neighbours as the country pursues an independent foreign policy. But he appealed both countries that the dispute can be and should be solved peacefully and diplomatically.

Doklam is under global attention, and apart from US-North Korea dispute, it is the second most sensitive global issues which have the potential of triggering World War 3. The consequences of modern era war between India and China are way more rancorous than any of us can imagine. The inevitable carnage followed by possible Indo-Chinese war would irreversibly damage, not just India and China, but most likely the entire world. Mahara is right about it – solve this dire issue peacefully and the hell with war.

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