Does India need a strategic rethink?

After the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on Indo-China border affairs (WMCC) meeting last Thursday, both sides issued vague and guarded statements. The Indian statement made no mention of ‘progress’ nor ‘early and complete disengagement.’

It read, “The two sides had a candid and in-depth exchange of views on the existing situation in the India-China border areas. They agreed to resolve the outstanding issues in an expeditious manner and in accordance with the existing agreements and protocols.”

Beijing commented that the meeting, “positively evaluated the process made in the disengagement of front-line forces of the two countries and agreed to conscientiously implement the consensus reached between the two sides.” The Chinese ambassador commented on similar lines.

Evidently, a stalemate has been reached, with China sticking to its claim lines and placing unreasonable demands for withdrawal.

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