Stepping up aggression, China’s troops reportedly entered Indian territory on July 26, ahead of National Security Advsior (NSA) Ajit Doval’s visit. According to various TV reports, there was an incursion by the Chinese troops at Uttarakhand’s Barahoti. TV reports suggest that Chinese troops entered into the Indian territory for a few hours. This comes amidst one of the biggest standoffs between India and China at Doklam. Doval’s visit was being looked upon eagerly to break the ice and find a solution to the ongoing crisis, but China has refused to relent.
India and China have been for weeks involved in a stand-off in Doklam plateau of Bhutan. The ongoing tensions relate to the construction of a road by China in Bhutan’s Doklam region. Bhutan had reportedly protested China’s action, and sought India’s help. Indian Army then moved to the area of construction, stopping Chinese activity. Experts are of the view that with the construction of this road, China hopes to spy on and isolate the Siliguri corridor, also known as the Chicken’s Neck. Chinese media has been on a daily basis indulging in warmongering on the issue. Experts are of the view that even as Chinese media threatens of 1962 war-like consequences, a full fledged battle is unlikely between the two countries.
On July 28, Doval along with other NSAs of BRICS nations called on Chinese President Xi Jinping. Doval and his Chinese counterpart Yang also met on the sidelines of the BRICS NSAs meet. They are reported to have discussed “major problems” in bilateral ties, but China made no mention of the Doklam standoff. Ever since the standoff began in June, China has been insisting that no dialogue could take place without India unconditionally withdrawing from the Doklam area. India has refused to give in to China’s threat so far.