of Jayadev Ranade’s. Cadres of Tibet (New Delhi: Knowledge World Publishers, 2018). pp. xi+199. Rs.1,120. ISBN: 978-93-86288-92-9. As the blurb of this book says, while information about the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) is plentiful in China’s official media, there is comparatively little about the people who actually govern the province in China. This book tries to fillContinue reading “Book Review: Cadres of Tibet”
‘Explaining the India-China Standoff at Doklam: Causes and Implications’, Aakrosh, Vol. 20, No. 77, October 2017, pp. 60-76. Extract: In mid-June 2017, India and China began a long standoff in the Doklam area of Bhutan that came to an end only in late August. The crisis originated when a Chinese road-building party moved into anContinue reading “Explaining the India-China Standoff at Doklam: Causes and Implications”
Jabin T. Jacob and Hoang The Anh (editors), China and Its Neighbourhood: Perspectives from India and Vietnam (New Delhi: Pentagon, 2017).
What explains China’s high-decibel campaign of vilification against India in the wake of the Doklam standoff?
The basic principle of standing up to China’s bullying behaviour must be clear and unadulterated coming from India. In the long run only this will prevent more such incidents as Doklam.
It should not surprise Indian defence planners if the Chinese test and prod the Indian military by opening up road-building, patrolling and other forms of activity in areas along the disputed boundary that have hitherto remained dormant or not seen any such activity at all.
One of the ways the Doklam incident should be read is as a way of China putting pressure to end the special nature of the India-Bhutan relationship.
India can expect LAC incursions by China to continue, even pick up pace, and to display a qualitatively different nature in the coming months and years.
There is no real Tibet card for New Delhi to play and India ignores its own Buddhists while supporting the Dalai Lama.