Galwan Valley is tensed, but calm.

I’ve tried my best to pen down the current issue, what exactly is happening at our border when PM Modi said no one intruded our Indian territory, mentioned at all party meetings held on 19 June 2020 after India claimed 20 lives on Ladakh clash.

There are four Indian states and One Union territory that shares a border with China. They are Union Territory of Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, and Arunachal Pradesh. The Sino — India border is just a loose demarcation line which is the Line of Actual Control (LAC) that goes for 4056KM.

Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh is India’s worst border tension because the Indo — China war took place in 1962. The former is in the Western Sector and the latter is in the Eastern Sector of the border that India and China share. India lost the North-Eastern part of Ladakh, Aksai Chin and it been occupied by China from 1962. So are they trying to occupy the entire Galwan Valley?

India and China worked out the patrolling points way before. It’s like India set up one point as the border in the Galwan Valley and China set up one point as the border on the same valley that extends on both sides so to avoid any friction between the two countries. If either country crossed the borderline without knowing, usually they will disengage peacefully from that place as soon as they get to know that they’ve crossed the line. Indian soldiers can patrol till PP14 (Patrolling Point-14) which is claimed by India and in the same way China can patrol to some point which is claimed by them. With two separate borders kept alive, there’s a huge area left unoccupied by either country for so many years. So China came in and stabilized the areas which have not been occupied by both the country so far which left as a buffer just to not escalate any matter between two countries. A long story short, they haven’t intruded our territory, they’ve occupied the buffer area. For that Indian soldiers went ahead, unarmed, to enquire about the meddling which China did and the matter got escalated and catapulted to stratospheric heights because rumor goes like India tried to dismantle the Chinese tent and some say Indian Soldiers fired up their tent, that’s how physical assault started and we have to claim 20 lives for that and many got injured in this assault. Probably, most of the injured soldiers are recuperating and will join the army soon. It’s the first time in the last 45 years, many lives are claimed in the war between India and China.

There could be many reasons why China is keeping the rage unabated and being aggressive at our border. I’ve written down my understandings of what could be the possible reasons.

1. India is constructing the road on the line of Ladakh which will be useful for Indian Army movements and that would have baffled China what if India claims the Aksai Chin as theirs after a few years down the line. So maybe China wanted to give a warning to India. This could be one possible reason to keep this border issue unabated.

2. Domestic Compulsion — China’s President, Xi Jinping is losing his popularity in his own country because of Corona Virus and unemployment. Just to provoke nationalism or patriotism among Chinese people, they are being aggressive in the South China sea by attacking other country ships, Hong Kong Security laws, and now in Galwan Valley.

3. Entire Globe — Just to avoid accusations of Corona Virus from the entire world. And many countries already told that there are not interested in investing in China post-pandemic. China is being aggressive just to divert from the fact that Corona Virus originated from Wuhan.

4. Out of all this, this would be the main reason why China is being aggressive in the border. China wanted PoK to be in hands of Pakistan because China has invested around 3L crore in the China — Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project that connects China through PoK and that will save up a lot of time and money for China. It could be the warning sign for us to not to mess up with China.

What should India do now? Should India retaliate against the Chinese troops? Should India ban all Chinese products? NO. Economic wise if we ban their products, we will be the one suffering. As many of you aware that China has invested many of our Indian products or services. Not only India, many other countries around the globe are dependent on China and Chinese products. And India wanted to maintain the status quo with China. Most likely, both countries would not be interested in having wars because of the economic condition post-pandemic. There’s a high chance that it could be the warning sign but it went far beyond the limit that took lives of our Indian soldiers and they might diffuse themselves and will go back, same like they did it for Doklam in 2017.

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This is entirely my understanding of the current situation. I might be right or wrong. If you can help me then constructive feedbacks are always welcome. Thank you for reading this and do help me how can I improve myself.

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Kishoregoutham KS

Blockchain Fanatic, Blockchain Business Analyst @ IDS Inc, MBA — Symbiosis Institute of Digital and Telecom Management(SIDTM), Pune, India.

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