In The Absence Of Diplomatic Solution, Is Indo-China War The Only Way?
If talks between India and China’s foreign ministers fail, is a war the only recourse?
Amidst the incessant Indo-Chinese border tensions, Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, in Moscow yesterday. Since both nations have been unable to thrash out a compromise or solution despite several levels of peace talks and military dialogues, it remains to be seen if a war between the conflicting countries is inevitable soon.
Speaking about the possibility of a diplomatic solution, Vijay Nambiar, former Indian envoy to China, said that both India and China don’t want to go to war. According to him, the priority of representatives of both sides should be to ensure no further escalation of the situation. He further said that it is important for the foreign ministers to set the ground for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping to now resolve the matter at their level.
Strategic Affairs Expert Brahma Chellaney also agreed that war is not something that either sides are keen on. Terming China’s strategy as a possible psychological warfare against India, Chellaney said that the communist nation is forcing India to divert its resources to the border tensions at a time when it is suffering its worst market slump.
Retired Lieutenant General DS Hooda said that the Indian side capturing certain points in the disputed Ladakh region recently could be the nation’s way of building mental pressure on China. He however believes that some breakthrough needs to be translated on ground to achieve a disengagement process, else a military face-off could become unavoidable.
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