Doklam issue: It gets murkier by the day

New Delhi/ Beijing: There is no denying the fact that India’s diplomatic efforts to get rid of a seven-week military standoff with China have hit a roadblock.
One look at the recent chain of events and there is a clear cut sense that China wants India unilaterally withdraw its troops from the Doklam plateau claimed by both Beijing and Bhutan.
The significant factor here is that China did not reacted to India’s suggestion in the talks that it move its troops back 250 metres in return.
In what can be termed as the low-key diplomatic manoeuvres that occur outside the public domain, the Chinese countered with a deal to move back 100 metres.
But there has been no comeback from that moment onward, except for China’s mounting warnings of an escalation in the region.
It is worthwhile mentioning that Indian troops went into Doklam two months back to stop a Chinese development crew from extending a road.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi refused to join President Xi Jinping’s signature Belt and Road initiative to knit together Asia and beyond.

 

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