Statecraft beyond state
The logjam on Sikkim border between India and China is one that speaks of greater and deeper intricacies of statecraft. Dokalam, near Sikkim, is the Bhutanese name of the region which India recognises as Doka La (referred to as Donglong by the Chinese). This region is also India's last military post on the Bhutan-China-Sikkim trijunction. The standoff started after a Chinese army's construction party came in June to build a road in this region (a territory that is not disputed) which overlooks the strategic Chumbi Valley in Tibet. If constructed, this road would further alienate and isolate the Northeast from mainland India. But despite this grave border skirmish and its severe possible impact, there are no major indications of the dispute escalating.