India has finally shown that no one can take it lying down. It has finally asked China to revert to its status quo position in Daulat Beg Oldi sector in Ladahk. Both the armies have come in a face to face situation after Chinese troops had entered 10 Km deep into the Indian Territory.
Syed Akbaruddin, the official spokesperson in Ministry of External Affairs has pointed out that Chinese authorities have been told to revert to their previous positions that they were holding prior to this intrusion.
He however hinted that the current embargo was being taken as a serious concern by the Indian authorities owing to the difference in perception both sides have on the Line of Actual Control. Both sides are taking due measures to resolve the conflict and this will be showing its effect on the border soon, as per the sources in the ministry.
However, a general perception has built up in the mind of the public that India does not act aggressively to any intrusions done by Chinese forces. Previously too, China had resorted to such tactics on numerous occasions and every time, the Indian authorities reacted with caution. Compare this situation with the other neighbouring country, Pakistan and things become a lot clear. Had any such action been done by Pakistan, India would have reacted with extreme precision and care, even hitting the Pakistani positions. This happened during the famed Kargil war when Pakistan had intruded and captured Indian posts.
India chooses to act with caution, every time China resorts to such measures. This speaks volumes about the perception we hold about China and ways we adopt to deal with any challenging situation in this context.
India on its part had initiated remedial measures this time, immediately as the intrusion was detected. Chinese ambassador was summoned to the South Block and apprised of India’s concern in this regard. China on its part had assured India that it would take all the corrective measures to rectify this problem. However, eight days have passed since the intrusion was noticed, yet nothing was done on part of China to deal with the issue.
The foreign spokesperson in China, Hua Chunying told reporters that China was always abiding by the common guidelines that were framed on Line of Actual Control issue and that its troops had never trespassed the Line of Actual Control.
This statement in itself speaks lot about China’s seriousness in dealing with the problem. Chinese are not at all in mood of easing their positions and all the rhetoric is being done to buy more time. Meanwhile, defence analysts in India are taking this as a game plan devised by China to pressurize India to keep mum on the Tibet issue. India is likely to play the Tibet card on international platform and in an effort to silence India, China resolves to such tactics, every now and then. The situation is unlikely to escalate into a major issue but the Indian authorities must ensure that China is not left off the hook, this time around.