China failed to enter into Himalyan border demaraction in British India further occupied Tibet free nation further dilly dallying with India and imaging the North East part of their territory.
China’s violations of the Line of Actual Control at multiple locations in eastern Ladakh, its blocking of Indian troops from territory that our jawans have patrolled for decades and its almost contemptuous rejection of India’s calls for a return to the positions of April, underlines the disdain in which Beijing holds New Delhi.
India’s political leaders — with their cynical focus on domestic politics — have repeatedly chorused Beijing’s assertion that the People’s Liberation Army has not captured any Indian territory and that the dispute is all about ‘differing perceptions of the LAC.’
Chinese officials will be rightly wondering what, in these circumstances, there is to negotiate.
With the Indian military confined to blocking further ingress rather than evicting the PLA from the territory it has captured, there is little pressure on Beijing to restore the status quo ante.
With China having earlier secured its claim lines of 1956 and 1960 by conquest in 1962, a new claim line of 2020 is coming into being.
As this happens, senior Chinese officials are counselling patience.
Beijing’s ambassador to India, Sun Weidong, recently recited the boilerplate formulation that the boundary question was ‘left over from history’ and should be ‘handled with patience’.
State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi declared in France that China would never be the first to escalate the situation.