China has misgiving that it is very smart or deceptive.
There are people like China everywhere in India and they are called “Gunda” or “Halkat” or something which means similar to a Gangster. After 1990, these people are losing political patronage as their role in getting votes of people by harassment is greatly diminished. Gradually these people are being thrashed out and eliminated but they do crop up with political patronage. Dealing with a Gunda is very simple. Attack and beat him and tell him to get out of way by breaking his supply chain or source of earning. He will understand in no other way. Governments also put them in Prison and there are many Gangsters Laws in place to deal with such people. But how to deal with a rogue country like China?
Defence Minister of India was in Russia to attend the Shenghai Cooperation Organisation meet. On the sidelines, the Defence Minister of China requested an audience. In this bilateral meeting, The Defence Minister of India told his counter part point by point every violation on the borders made by China in past several decades and how it keeps on changing the Line of Actual Control. Chinese Defence Minister is stat to have taken notes for the better part of meeting which lasted for 2 hour 20 minutes. He promised to look into it. Since there was no agreement, no joint statement was issued at the end of meeting.
Plain speak by India:
According to sources, the Chinese Minister had not expected such plain speak which in diplomatic circles may be called as hubris but Rajnath Singh is known for his plain speak. He spoke about the actions of Chinese army as if China was not in the room. On top of it all, it came on top of Indian Special Forces Black Hilltop which was eyed by China. Thereafter China’s Minister was throughout neglected by Indian Defence Minister during SCO like he ignores Pakistan in such meetings. It was humiliating. It is a wake up call for “super power” China. Perhaps India agreed to meeting on the intervention of Russia.
Official Statement by India:
This is however the official statement issued by Government of India:
“Raksha Mantri categorically conveyed India’s position on the developments along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) including in the Galwan valley in the Western Sector of the India-China Border Areasin the last few months. He emphasised that the actions of the Chinese troops, including amassing of large number of troops, their aggressive behaviour and attempts to unilaterally alter the status quo were in violation of the bilateral agreements and not in keeping with the understandings reached between the Special Representatives of two sides. Hon’ble RM stated clearly that while the Indian troops had always taken a very responsible approach towards border management, but at the same time there should also be no doubt about our determination to protect India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
State Councillor and Defence Minister of China said that both sides should scrupulously implement the consensus reached between Prime Minister Modi and President Xi Jinping and continue to solve the issues through dialogue and consultation, strictly follow the various bilateral agreements, strengthen the regulation of frontline troops and not undertake any provocative actions that might escalate the situation. The two sides should focus on the overall situation of India-China relations and work together to de-escalate the situation as soon as possible, and maintain peace and tranquillity in the India-China border areas. The Chinese Defence Minister suggested that both sides should maintain communication at all levels including between the two Ministers.
Raksha Mantri said that both sides should take guidance from the consensus of the leaders that maintenance of peace and tranquillity in the India-China border areas was essential for the further development of our bilateral relations and that two sides should not allow differences to become disputes. Accordingly, the two sides should resolve the ongoing situation and outstanding issues in the border areas peacefully through dialogue. The Chinese Defence Minister conveyed that Chinese side too desired to resolve the issues peacefully. Raksha Mantri advised that it was important therefore that Chinese side should work with the Indian side for complete disengagement at the earliest from all friction areas including Pangong Lake as well as de-escalation in border areas in accordance with the bilateral agreements and protocols on maintenance of peace and tranquillity in border areas, strictly respect and observe the line of actual control and should not make attempts to unilaterally change status quo. He further said that the current situation should be handled responsibly and that neither side should take any further action that could either complicate the situation or escalate matters in the border areas. Raksha Mantri conveyed that the two sides should continue their discussions, including through diplomatic and military channels, to ensure complete disengagement and de-escalation and full restoration of peace and tranquillity along the LAC at the earliest.”
Hope that China will get the message.