Ladakh deadlock part of Chinese strategy to keep India entangled in border dispute
Tensions along the India-China border in Ladakh-Himalayas in the northern part of India rise once again in recent weeks. Defense experts believe that this action is part of China's well-thought-out strategy. Today, when the whole world is grappling with a serious humanitarian crisis in the wake of coronavirus outbreak, it is not difficult to discern the power politics of China.
There are many reasons why China is apprehensive of India’s reaction to its activities on the border. The neighbouring country’s motives behind encroachment of Indian territories are far to seek.
However, observers say that the trigger for the current face-off between the two neighbours is suppressed when China raised objections to the construction of roads, airstrips and other infrastructural development by India in the region.
Let's take a look at the history of both countries in the context of the current relationship and the events.
Not too long ago, China had to step back in the face of India's strong opposition to its incursion in Doklam. Doklam is geographically located at the tip of the India, China and Bhutan borders. It is just 15 kilometers away from Nathula Pass in India. Doklam in the Chumbi Valley is strategically important for both India and China. China was trying to build a highway on Doklam which was opposed by India. The main reason for this was that if there was smooth movement of China to Doklam, it could further ease its access to the Chicken Neck connecting India with the northeastern states.
China wanted to forcibly start its own structural activity in this region which was strongly opposed to by India, hence the deadlock between the two countries. The two-month long deadlock between India and China for more ended when China retreated from Doklam.