Doklam standoff – some links

Kanwal Sibal on ‘China’s diplomatic loutishness’ in [Link]

Raja Mohan says that India would lean towards the United States and Japan, abandon its long-standing restraint on being a force that balanced China:

One of the unintended consequences for China from the Doklam crisis would be an India that is forced to think far more strategically about coping with China’s power. For nearly a century, sentimentalism in Delhi about Asian solidarity and anti imperialism masked the more structural contradictions with China. Beijing’s approach to the Doklam crisis could well help bury those illusions. [Link]

This blog post by Pieter-Jan Dockx says India has already aligned with the United States.

Evan Feigenbaum on the coercive ladder available to China. But, he is not sure if China uses them in that fashion.

This Reuters article says that India proposed that China withdrew its troops 250 meters but that China refused and offered 100 meters subject to approval from top government officials.

An interview of Andrew Small by Seema Sirohi for I am not sure I learned much that is new.

Brahma Chellaney says that Xi should collaborate with India and find a face-saving exit for China:

Against this background, the smartest move for Xi would be to attempt to secure India’s help in finding a face-saving compromise to end the crisis. The longer the standoff lasts, the more likely it is to sully Xi’s carefully cultivated image as a powerful leader, and that of China as Asia’s hegemon, which would undermine popular support for the regime at home and severely weaken China’s influence over its neighbors. [Link]

A ‘response’ to Brahma Chellaney, I suppose:

Officials in the top ranks of the party, government and military were summoned this week to ­Beijing for a two-day seminar to study President Xi Jinping’s speeches and to gear up for a key, once-every-five-years Communist Party congress this autumn. ….

At the seminar, Xi told the officials that the last five years had been “extraordinary” for China and that the country had reached a historic turning point.

“Over the five years, the party’s central leadership … solved many challenging problems [the party] wanted to solve for a long time but couldn’t, and achieved many things it wanted to achieve in the past but didn’t manage to achieve,” he said. “The Chinese nation … has achieved the historic leap of rising to our feet, getting rich and getting powerful.”

Chen Daoyin, an associate professor at the Shanghai University of Political Science and Law, said Xi’s remarks were a signal that he had placed himself on par with late leaders Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping. [Link]

Repeat: symptoms of hubris [Link]


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