Boil­ing bor­der

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Refers to ar­ti­cle Bharat is not

scared of Chi­nese threat (Au­gust). As In­dia and China re­main locked in an in­tense bit­ter stand­off at the SikkimBhutan-Ti­bet tri-junc­tion with no so­lu­tion in sight even af­ter con­sid­er­able pe­riod of time, it is shock­ing that Chi­nese media came out say­ing that XiModi meet­ing on the side­lines of G-20 sum­mit in Ger­many was can­celled even there was none sched­uled. De­spite the two lead­ers have met in sev­eral mul­ti­lat­eral meet­ings in the past three years, the at­mos­phere is not con­ge­nial enough now for a bilateral meet­ing, as such there are no plans of an en­gage­ment be­tween the two lead­ers in the first place.

When this is the fact, the Chi­nese media re­port about the meet­ing called off is a hype only to ap­ply pres­sure on In­dia to toe its line. It is thus very clear that a de­lib­er­ate at­tempt made by China is only to draw the at­ten­tion of world lead­ers at the sum­mit and show In­dia in poor light is very un­for­tu­nate. It is high time, China un­der­stands that it is not 1962 and there­fore arm-twist­ing meth­ods will not work with In­dia any­more to achieve its ob­jec­tive.

In short, China must also re­alise that as it re­quires two hands to clap, it can­not act as a big brother and bully In­dia to agree­ing what it says while un­der­tak­ing ad­ven­tur­ous ex­pe­di­tions in an­other coun­try’s ter­ri­tory to change ground po­si­tions. As this would only pre­cip­i­tate mat­ters turn­ing the sit­u­a­tion worse, time has come for both China and In­dia to en­gage each other in use­ful talks in or­der to find out a last­ing and an ac­cept- able po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tion to end the im­passe.

— R. Srini­vasan

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