India-China border stand-off was not a ‘huge threat’, says Former Air Marshall


SHILLONG, Sept 11, 2017: Weeks after India and China resolved to pull back their forces from the disputed Doklam area in Sikkim, Former Air Marshall Dr. Matheswaran on Monday said that Doklam issue, which witnessed ugly standoff between Indian and Chinese troops, was not a 'huge threat' in itself.

Addressing a seminar on 'Changing context of India-China Relations: Insights and Lessons from crisis pathways and imperatives in stability and convergence', organized by ICSSR-NERC at NEHU in Shillong, Dr. Matheswaran said that China's territorial boundary dispute has been from the beginning, a very well calibrated smart strategy.

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He stated that China played a victim's card in Doklam exceptionally well, claiming that there cannot be a repeat of 1962 war as India is better placed now militarily.

However, he said that India needs to be better prepared in ammunition reserves.

It may be mentioned that the Indian Army began the process of "disengagement" of its troops at the standoff area in Doklam, with the Chinese side also withdrawing its soldiers on August 28.

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This comes as India and China agreed to disengage their troops, after a nearly three-month standoff in the Doklam plateau area in Sikkim sector.

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