True, India and China are not the same as they were in 1962 – which is why the squabbles must stop

For the first time since 1967, when its armies clashed in a short but brutal war, there are serious tensions between China and India on the Sikkim border. The beginning began in early June, before Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets with Chinese Prime Minister Xi Jinping to Astana made headlines before his visit to the United States. This does not seem like a coincidence – a clear pattern is emerging.

If the Indian side that caused the increase or the Chinese side does not matter much. The Indian public believes it is China, which has tensions. The Chinese public thinks it is India. In the new world of instant and massive communication, perceptions are true. However, some light is heard closed doors of the two armed forces. At the other end of the Chumbi valley between Sikkim and Bhutan, the Chinese are building a road in the Doklam plains in an area that Bhutan is supposed to be under control, but in which China has claimed.

Our army believes that the Chinese presence here seriously threaten the concentrations and communications of India. This does not help much to find that the Chumbi valley appears on the map as a dagger, not only to break Sikkim and Bhutan, but also Assam and the Northeast of the rest of India. Therefore, the Indian army wants to position to challenge the dominion of the People’s Liberation Army by the Doko-La Doklam or the neck. There is nothing wrong with it, since India and Bhutan have military ties.

Obviously, the two largest armies in Asia are fighting for advantageous positions. This is natural, when there are large concentrations of troops on the cheek with cheek and confidence is low between the two governments. More than 40 years after Sikkim officially became part of India in 1975, China has yet to accept unequivocally as an integral part of India. The two countries are also in dispute for regions Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh. Despite statements by former Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao in 2005 that Sikkim was no longer a problem in bilateral relations, many Chinese maps continue to show that the Northeast is not part of India. The deliberate ambiguity Beijing the Sikkim seems to be the result of the belief that this could give China influence over India in the border talks.

From the perspective of India, if China accepts its sovereignty over Sikkim, it is debatable: the state is officially part of the Republic of India, its composition is ratified by a referendum. On this day, with the two countries that have strong armed forces, it would be prudent to forget such old notions and face reality. There are also several other misconceptions between the two countries. Some Chinese experts said the recent conflict showed that India was still recovering from its embarrassing defeat in the 1962 war with China in the context of growing competition for influence and hostility between the two countries. Despite their growing economic and trade relations, the two sides are deeply suspicious of the other.

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