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.
Bhutan seems willing to accept the Chinese offer of conceding Bhutanese claims in its north in return for letting China have disputed areas in the Chumbi Valley in the west. However, such a concession has huge security implications for India.