India needs to handle border tension with China diplomatically to avert war

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Indian government needs to work on its diplomacy and relations with neighboring countries or it might escalate into an internecine war resulting into huge losses of life and property. China is advancing its artillery on the border and if the issue is not peacefully resolved immediately, then India might have to face another disaster while still battling Coronavirus pandemic.

A detailed analysis of satellite images has shown extensive deployment of artillery and mechanised elements on the Chinese side, bringing Indian deployments within striking distance. They also show the presence of at least 16 tanks with a mix of infantry combat vehicles, though camouflaged.

“Bunkers, troops on ground and machine gun emplacements can also be seen which may also show that the Chinese have been anticipating an offensive and have made defensive positions too,” sources say.

US President Donald Trump interfered in India’s internal matters before when he offered to mediate between India and Pakistan over Kashmir issue. This time too he attempted the same.

When asked if he was worried about the border situation between India and China, he said: “They have a big conflict …India and China. Two countries with 1.4 billion people (each). Two countries with very powerful militaries. India is not happy and probably China is not happy. I can tell you; I did speak to Prime Minister Modi. He is not in a good mood about what is going on with China”.

A day earlier, the president offered to mediate between India and China. In an awkward turn of events for the United States, Indian officials denied any interaction between US President Donald Trump and Indian PM Modi.

“There has been no recent contact between Prime Minister Modi and President Trump. The last conversation between them was on April 4 on the subject of hydroxychloroquine,” said an official.

“Yesterday [Thursday], the external affairs ministry had made it clear that we are directly in touch with the Chinese through established mechanisms and diplomatic contacts,” the person added.

It is not hard to see why China decided at this time to pick at the scab of the disputed border with India by starting ruckuses along the length of it at Daulat Beg Oldi, Galwan Valley, the Pangong Lake, Bararahoti, and Naku La in Sikkim. Xi Jinping and his ruling cohort find their pretense to Asian hegemony challenged in their own backyard. Developments in Taiwan and Hong Kong have shred China’s ‘one country, two systems’ policy. President Tsai Ing-Wen, elected to a second term, has made it clear that Taiwan is separate from China and sovereign. The people of Hong Kong, with less latitude, are fearlessly resisting rule by Beijing’s puppets.

Elsewhere, the United States is embarked on a Cold War that is halting China’s economic gravy train. By pouring advanced weaponry into Taiwan, America is making the difficult task for China to maintain its hegemony. Japan is waving China off the Senkaku Islands, and the China’s soft power is at an all time low.

At such a time when China is leaving no stone unturned in picking up battles across almost all of its borders, India needs to play its cards well. India is no match to the artillery and armor of China when it comes to number of aircrafts and attack helicopters though Indian Army personnel are a little more in number than China’s.  It is essential for government to resolve this issue peacefully to prevent huge loss of life and property on Indian soil.

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