The Chinese Foreign Ministry and its state-owned media have reacted in the most bewildered manner to the Indian action of pushing the Chinese troops out if Bhutanese territory in Doklam Area. It has used very strong rhetoric, including reminding India of its defeat in the Indo-China war in 1962, cleverly omitting the drubbing it received in the area in1967.
China’s propaganda machinery has gone hyper to implicate India for the border stand-off, conveniently glossing over the fact that they themselves had taken the first step to change the status quo of the tri-junction area. Whereas China had committed to maintain peace under the Agreement on Maintenance of Peace and Tranquillity, signed with India in 1993. China is now insisting that it would not hold any dialogue on the matter till Indian troops withdrew from the area.
As per an article written by Ryszard Czarnecki, vice president of the European Parliament a belligerent China did not anticipate India stepping in with a strong manner to defend Bhutan’s territorial sovereignty during its unilateral move to build a motor able road in Doklam area.
In the article Czarnecki has exposed Beijing’s lie of assuring the international community that its ‘peaceful rise’ would not in any way threaten the established order, but instead promote a peaceful international environment.
He states without mincing any words that China has been following a foreign policy that squarely infringes on internationally accepted norms. Referring specifically to the tri-junction politico-military impasse in Doklam involving China, India and Bhutan, Czarnecki said, that China’s unilateral move to build a motorable road from Dokala in Doklam area towards the Bhutan Army camp in Zornpelri was a very clear example of this policy.. Bhutan’s objection to construction activities by China in the Doklam area was possibly expected by China. However, what Chinese had never anticipated, even in their dreams was Indian action to defend Bhutan’s territorial sovereignty.
The Chinese nibbling encroachment action in the Doklam plateau can be seen as a part of the country’s recent tendency to unilaterally change the ground situation in areas that it claims unilaterally as its own. The most well-reported example has been China’s deliberate move to disrupt the status quo in the South China Sea.. by conveniently ignoring the maritime territorial claims of Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei and the Philippines in the region.. expanding its strategic outreach in the area.
China, he opines, may have only gambled, anticipated and calculated that Bhutan would not be able to retaliate through force, and believed that the construction of the road would be completed within weeks, giving it a clear strategic advantage. However, all didn’t go as planned. The movement of Indian troops, done in consultation with the Government of Bhutan and with the principal objective to maintain status quo, was probably not anticipated by China.
He concludes by saying that “China needs to realize that its unprecedented economic and military growth must go hand in hand with respect for international rules. Without that, it will be hard to believe in assurances of ‘win-win’ and ‘shared destiny’ by the Chinese leadership.