The Minister of External Affairs (MEA) Sushma Swaraj said during Rajya Sabha session that India has taken measures in solving the Doklam standoff issue and also said that war with China is not the solution because it can be resolved via talks.
India-China border is sourly tensed over the tri-junction Chinese road construction issue at Doklam plateau in Bhutan since June and none of the two countries are ready to make any compromises. China wants to build the road on Bhutan border, so why is India so insecure about Doklam which is not even its territory – because Chinese invasion at Doklam will increase pressure on the Chicken’s Neck region or the Siliguri Corridor of India which is a narrow corridor connecting 8 north eastern states with the rest of India. Chinese takeover at Doklam will directly make the sensitive Chicken’s Neck region vulnerable and sensitive.
So now that India has proven to the world that it has the spunk to stand up against any bully punk in the region, despite the fact that China is not exactly spooked by Indian troops – may be its time to resolve the Doklam issue. That is why MEA Sushma Swaraj is calling for peaceful solutions to the Sikkim border issue. Swaraj dropped some pieces of wisdom by saying – “Even wars are concluded with talking. Even at the end of a war, you have to sit at the table and talk. So why not dispense with the war and just talk?”. Knowing that we cannot redefine the tri-junction point and the best we could do is to fortify our boundaries, so why not peacefully.
The game of brinkmanship at Doklam is dragged through over more than two months now and the game could be played for year – especially in a situation when both parties are neither inclining to stage a tactic retreat, nor are they inching into an open conflict. It is a loop and as a solution, China asked to simply thwart its troops from the disputed piece of land, Sushma Swaraj has pushed in a diplomatic solution to Indian House with all her resolve and charm. For both countries, the talking out option is most likely the best because if we call for war, both the countries will need the skills of Houdini and nerves of steel; not to forget all the international ripples as major aftermath.
As a conclusion, talking out is the best bid instead of going an extra mile to keep it tied to our apron strings, because we might suffocate our own bellies at the end. Let’s see how the diplomatic approach of solving the tri-junction issue works in manoeuvring delicate Doklam’s future.