Interpreting the Doklam Resolution

15 September 2017
CPR faculty comment

Read below a curated analysis by CPR faculty commenting on the resolution of the three-month-long Doklam stand-off between India and China:

  • Shyam Saran deconstructs how China constructs the modern narrative of power in The Quint. In another article, he writes that ‘while the Doklam issue has been defused, this does not mean that similar issues will not arise in the future’.
  • Srinath Raghavan writes in Livemint that the Doklam stand-off, even after being resolved, needs to be ‘seen for what it is - an indication of the steady deterioration in the ability of India and China to deal with such situations’.
  • According to G Parthasarathy in The New Indian Express, ‘by standing firm’ and not reciprocating to Chinese propaganda, India ‘won admiration across Asia’.
  • Brahma Chellaney writes that despite the resolution, the stand-off had further weakened the ‘already frayed bilateral relationship’ between India and China, which would not be easy to repair. In another article, Chellaney writes that the chief of the People’s Liberation Army of China was likely responsible for precipitating the stand-off in the first place, and it was resolved only after President Xi Jinping replaced the chief.
  • Nimmi Kurian writes that ‘shorn of its trappings, India’s China policy today is virtually caught in a double vision alternating between engagement and disengagement, cooperation and competition’, and analyses what this portends for the future. 

The views shared belong to individual faculty and researchers and do not represent an institutional stance on the issue.