VENU G S, Kollam
IT has been a year since soldiers of China’s People’s Liberation Army attacked Indian soldiers in eastern Ladakh’s Galwan Valley area. In the ambush carried out by the Chinese soldiers twenty Indians, including a commanding officer, a Colonel were killed. There were heavy casualties on the Chinese side as well. However, the PLA was halted in the tracks by the fierce and massive response from the Indian army. In fact, both Doklam and Galwan show that China’s strategy is to dominate the areas from the LAC in Ladakh to Aksai Chin, Siachen Glacier and beyond. As a matter of fact, every inch of land here is of great strategic importance and India cannot afford to let go of even a small patch. It is a fact that the troop withdrawal and the disengagement process have slowed down or stopped. In spite of the fact that no fresh clashes have been reported, the eerie deadlock has transcended the border between the two countries. The political and diplomatic disagreements and economic hostility have increased. India has decided to be tough with China and deny any access to trade and commerce and geography. According to India, the future course of ties depends on whether China will adhere to pacts meant for ensuring peace on the border. China, on the other hand, believes that there has been some changes in India’s China policy and this has adversely affected the cooperation between the two countries. In fact, China views India’s economic progress as a challenge to its own growth and trade. The arrival of Joe Biden administration has worsened the US-China trade war. China has levelled severe criticism against the Quad and it even went to the extent of building an anti-Quad platform. China termed Quad as a US-led military alliance against it.