One quails at the thought of the Indian government desperately angling for resolution of the border dispute as a “strategic objective”. This incomprehensible desperation — what is it about and WHY? Could it be that the Manmohan Singh-Sonia Gandhi’s Congress party regime means to give the national security edifice it has weakened over the last decade one last dhakka (push) to topple it? — signals Beijing that New Delhi may be ripe for the picking. A peace accord may ensue that will be at the expense of India’s security as has been the case with all the agreements signed with China that the Chinese PLA has just as routinely violated with impunity over the years. The Depsang Bulge incident being only the latest such outrage.
Any compromising of the principle of ‘mutual and equal security’ clearly enunciated and established by the 1993 Agreement on “confidence building measures in the military field” cannot be tolerated. Li Kegiang should be asked to tell the PLA to show good faith before China can expect some movement on an accord promising enduring peace between the two Asian giants.