China and India have been engaged in a standoff in the Doklam area near the Bhutan tri-junction for the past three weeks after a Chinese army’s construction party attempted to build a road. China earlier destroyed the Indian bunkers located at the tri-junction of India, China and Bhutan in Sikkim by using a bulldozer after India stalled China for constructing the road in Doklam area and also alleged that Indian troops crossed the Sikkim border into its territory and also went on to question the future visits of Indian pilgrims to Kailash Mansarovar in Tibet.
After this, there were reports in the Chinese media by the analyst at a Chinese think tank that said a “third country’s” Army could enter Kashmir at Pakistan’s request, using the “same logic” the Indian Army used to stop the Chinese military from constructing a road in the Doklam area in the Sikkim sector on behalf of Bhutan.
The Chinese media for the first time brought Pakistan and Kashmir in between this standoff and tried to interlink this incident with India and Pakistan battling out in the Kashmir region. The article in the Chinese media said, under India’s logic, if the Pakistani government requests, a third country’s Army (Chinese Army) can enter the area disputed by India and Pakistan. The Chinese media tried to threaten India and also said it would seek India-controlled Kashmir if Pakistan requests the Chinese army.
The expert suggested that China can internationalize the Doklam controversy. “Even if India were requested to defend Bhutan’s territory, this could only be limited to its established territory, not the disputed area,” Long Xingchun, director of the Center for Indian Studies at China West Normal University said in an article. “Otherwise, under India’s logic, if the Pakistani government requests, a third country’s army can enter the area disputed by India and Pakistan, including India-controlled Kashmir”.
Now after all these reports in the Chinese media and the alert issued by Chinese think tank to enter Kashmir, Rajeshwari Rajagopalan member of the Political Affairs of India-China political affairs and also a member of the Indian think tank Observes Research Foundation (ORF) has reacted to the ridiculous statements and said this will continue coming in the midst of growing tension.
But if China intends to prove it beyond the statements then there rush results will face greater complications and will suffer more trying to intervene between India and Pakistan on the Kashmir issue. Rajeshwari Rajagopalan said, “This statement is not a statement from the government of China, but it is the opinion of an expert and experts opinion is not the policy of the country.”