Chinese leaders reconciled to dialogue
The visit of National Security Adviser Ajit Doval to Beijing late last month and his interactions with the Chinese leaders including President Xi Jinping have brought out two facets of the reality. First, contrary to the extremely provocative and threatening language used by the official Chinese media against India about the stand-off at Doklam, the political leadership is not itching for a war with India. Secondly, a tacit, if not a formal, understanding seems to have been reached that neither side will do anything to escalate the ground situation at Doklam. Contrary to the fulminations of the official media that Doval's visit will fail to budge China from its stand at Doklam and that apart from the formal meeting of the NSAs of the BRICS countries there will be no interaction of Doval with anyone else in the Chinese leadership, Chinese President Xi Jinping did meet Doval.