Doklam: The real reasons
Business interests seem to have swamped political ambitions, causing the Chinese to withdraw from Doklam.
For the first time, India ramped up its military presence on the other side of the LAC after having learnt many bitter lessons from the repeated Chinese rampage with an eye to reshape the border. It is also the first time that the Chinese strategy for cowing India ended unsuccessfully. Chinese publication Global Times was puzzled by the ending, which failed to cow down India on the fear of China's military might. At one point, it was sarcastic as China taunted saying "New Delhi did not draw lessons from the 1962 border war." There was considerable war mongering, such as 'India's provocation will trigger all-out confrontation on LAC' and 'India has most to lose in border spats.' While at the beginning of the standoff, China applauded India's growth potential, it stated: "As low-cost manufacturing is gradually moving away from China, it is now critical for India, whether it can replace China as the next world's factory." This exemplifies China's bewilderment, unlike on the previous border disputes