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