Monday, July 10, 2017

Paper Tiger Mountain: The Standoff in #Sikkim

China may not have the footing to achieve the leverage they want over India

(All reports from 7 July)

"Doklam Standoff: Why China is trying to teach India a lesson," DailyO

India's resistance to CPEC (China-Pakistan Economic Corridor) provokes China into making a consolidating show of force in the Himalayas; best for New Dehli not to take the bait

"China Plays With History, Cites Old British Treaty Days After It Dumped Another," Defence Aviation Post

Disregard of Hongkong treaty makes invocation of (much) earlier Sikkim pact seem not exactly cricket

"Big trouble in little Bhutan," Dhaka Tribune

By precipitating Sikkim confrontation, China is trying to leverage India's Kashmir troubles

"Why China will mend ways to defuse border tension and not boast of 1962," India Today

Past confrontations, balance of trade, and regional expectations show it's likely China will back down

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