NEW DELHI, Sep. 12, 2022 (TBINN)
In the light of Disengagement of Indian and Chinese troops at Ladakh the fact remains it was Indian land the P.L.A. advanced on and occupied. The Chinese then negotiated a pull-back of their troops a small distance on Indian territory even as Indian jawans draw back further into India from the forward position.
An apparently satisfied Indian Government says this is a great move for peace! How great is that for China!
Our esteem readers must be remembering that a couple of days back The Bharat India published a report on Disengagement of China & India in Ladakh. It is now being felt by the experts even that this is only a shallow disengagement conceded for immediate political gain, namely, Modi’s presence at the S.C.O. heads of government meeting, Dr Bharat Karnad, the National Security Expert at the Centre for Policy Research, the New Delhi-based think-tank, tells the Press.
It is neither a permanent withdrawal nor the harbinger of a more enduring arrangement and even less, a first step in the process of formally delineating a boundary which does not serve Beijing’s purpose, Dr. Bharat Karnad adds.
It seems China does not want to mend fences with India.
The question here is that how far can the present Gogra Disengagement be seen as a positive step, breaking of the grid-lock as it were, or is it being done keeping the S.C.O. meet in mind.
Gigra Disengagement, while good in itself in that it reduces the possibility of armed units of the two sides coming quite literally to blows with proximal patrolling, is essentially a Chinese attempt to see the Shanghai Co-operation Organization (S.C.O.) Summit, mid-September, pass off without incident. It also seems like a placatory or even an incentivising move to ensure Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends the heads of government meeting.
Now it is to be seen that is the above disengagement good enough in the interest of country or just happens to be a political move to make comfortable presence of Prime Minister Modi at S.C.O. Meet.