So Doklam is back in news, again. The balance of post-Doklam proportion has blown out due to China’s development at the tri-junction borders as well as progress in the $50 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Amid all this, Indian envoys have conveyed India’s concerns and urged for both sided engagement at all levels to ensure respect of status quo at Doklam.
The 72-day-long Doklam standoff between India was triggered because India saw China’s development of the Siliguri Corridor in the tri-junction area as an attempt to unilaterally alter the status quo at India-China-Bhutan tri-junction corridor. After 72 days of sour strife and military concentration at the disputed land of Doklam, both countries decided to end the standoff and resume normalcy at the border. Since then, China has stopped the development of the extension road of Siliguri Corridor – however, after few months post-Doklam, the Chinese army has beefed up its troop presence elsewhere in the plateau, but at Doklam. Also, China is making progression in the development of CPEC corridor which has been a matter of serious concern for India.
Remarking these developments, Indian envoys said that both countries must be sensitive to the other side’s concerns and the iterations must be based on equality and mutual benefit. Also, in the India-China border areas, especially at some sensitive points, it is important not to change the status quo. While the post-Doklam bilateral relationship development is optimistically taken, both countries must not forget that it was contingent on the status quo not being violated. These concerns must be talked out and a mutual peaceful solution should be found, which will then be dutifully respected by both India and China.
The two neighbouring Asian countries have had a long history of alliance and coordination, they have interacted peacefully with each other. The bilateral relations have not been just about exchanged goods but also ideas and Doklam must be seen from a long perspective, and an example that the proportion of status quo must, in no circumstances, be blown out by either of the countries – for peaceful mutual relationship.