New Delhi: Doklam stand off escalation into a shooting war is not going to give significant gains for China. Further, with a wider conflict, there is always a possibility of heavy casualties tilting the odds in favour of diplomacy prevailing despite so much being said by China.
The analysis among top bureaucrats is that any kind of attacking intent at Doklam is not going to translate into a tangible territorial advantage for China, with armed war there is not going to be a winner or a loser.
If India does not suffer the humiliation as was the case in 1962, China’s aura is going to be diminished.
The chances of a dispute spreading to other areas along the India-China border is worrisome for both countries and neither has a clear upper hand.
Talking about the Doklam, geography gives India the higher ground alongside distinct military benefit. On the other side of the coin, India lags behind China in border infrastructure.
According to the sources, swift action by India in stopping Chinese road building at Doklam has proved quite important in making sure that Indian forces retain their leverage.