Doklam: China’s bullying tactics are at odds with its super power image – Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury

Indian & Chinese soldiers at Doklam

Dipanjan Roy ChaudhuryChina is engaging in this war-mongering to target Asian nations which it perceives to be close to the United States—India, Japan and Vietnam. – Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury

The Doklam standoff has reiterated the fact that China lacks the sense and poise of a “great power” even though it wants to project itself as a rising power that wants to replace the US as a superpower.

The country through various ways—a recent video in the state-run Xinhua news agency, articles in the state-run Global Times and through statements of Deputy Director General of the Department of Boundary and Ocean Affairs Wang Wenli and spokespersons of foreign and defence ministries—has given the impression that it is nothing but a small-time bully against India.

A recent video released by Xinhua on India’s role in Doklam is similar to classroom videos in the West, and reflects the desperation that has probably set in the Chinese establishment following India’s firm stand on issue. The video is not only in poor taste but can actually be counter-productive and inspire anti-China sentiments.

Several articles in the state-run Global Times too had a similar tone and tenor targeting India. The assertions by the spokespersons of various Chinese departments were no different ever since the standoff started and it became clear that India will not allow PLA to unilaterally change the status quo in Doklam. Such an approach is unbecoming of a “great power”, according to diplomats familiar with China and its foreign policy. The approach can be aptly described as a big bully and not that of a mature power.

China has also used the media to provoke India. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang, for instance, in a statement dragged in the Kashmir issue, and blamed the exchange of fire between Indian and Pakistani troops across the LoC as “undermining regional stability”.

A Chinese media commentary also suggested that if Indian troops can enter Doklam, then a third party can intervene in Kashmir. Simultaneously, Beijing has engaged in psychological warfare too: the live fire exercise in the Tibet-Qinghai plateau at a height of 5,000 feet and telecasting it over Chinese Central Television.

China is engaging in this war-mongering to target Asian nations which it perceives to be close to the United States—India, Japan and Vietnam. The Indo-Pacific region has emerged as China’s preferred theatre for aggressive brinkmanship. “Historically, ‘Revisionist Powers’, and China is certainly one, going berserk when after sustained pursuit of military resurgence to ‘right theirs self-perceived historical wrongs and humiliation’, and flush with their new-found military power, start flexing their military muscles,” explained Subash Kapila in his recent article “China Going Strategically Berserk in 2017: A Global Concern” published in

Beijing’s unrestrained sabre-rattling has the potential to impact sentiments of citizens who travel in large numbers to China annually. – The Economic Times, 19 August 2017

China does not follow the principles laid down by its own great war strategist!

2 Responses

  1. Bhutan never gave up claims on Doklam: Foreign minister Damcho Dorjee – Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury – The Economic Times – New Delhi – 17 August 2017

    The executive and legislative arms of the Bhutanese government have both categorically rejected Beijing’s recent claims that Thimphu considered Doklam, located in the crucial tri-junction with India, as a part of China.

    The records of the latest proceedings of both Houses of the Bhutanese Parliament seen by ET do not support China’s claim on Doklam. The records, instead, make it rather clear that Thimphu has been consistently referring to Doklam as one of the “disputed areas” between Bhutan and China, and that it has never given up its claim on the territory.



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