China's doklam transgression endangers 50 years of bullet-less border management
Since five years after the 1962 Sino-Indian war – following PLA upping the ante with not only small arms but artillery also and a fierce retaliation by Indian Army in Sikkim in 1967 – the 4057kms long complex and perception-based Line of Actual Control (LAC), has been managed by both armies without pulling the trigger for the fiftieth year now, writes Col Anil Bhat, VSM (Retd).
If the current Sino-India stand-off gets resolved – we can only hope it will – then come this October (2017), the two nations will have created a record of completing 50 years of bullet-less management of the long Line of Actual Control (LAC). But for a country which wants to trade tremendously with India, this decades long management to maintain peace and tranquillity has been punctuated frequently, continuously, by transgressions on some pretext or the other, by China's Peoples Liberation Army (PLA). While PLA air force has been complementing many of the land transgressions, PLA navy has stepped up its presence with proximity in the Indian Ocean Region. The latest is PLA's bluster: "Moving a mountain easier than shaking PLA."