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China’s Revisionism and Cessation of the Doklam Impasse


In the light of the Chinese and Indian perspectives on the cessation of the
Doklam impasse, the present article analyses China’s role and status in
international politics. The Chinese perspective described China as a status
quo power and never accepted Doklam as a disputed territory. While
accusing India of aggression on Chinese territory, it portrayed China as a
“responsible power” that ensured the cessation of the Doklam impasse with
India through multiple diplomatic and military measures. Opposite to this,
the Indian perspective viewed China as a revisionist power and termed the
PLA’s activities in Doklam as a source of consternation for its national
security. From the Indian perspective, China’s declining growth rate,
increasing internal conflicts, the potential threat to its peaceful image, its
apprehension regarding the BRI’s derailment, the Korean crisis, the
strategically advantageous position of the Indian military in Doklam and
New Delhi’s strategic relevance for Beijing in promoting its new economic
and political groupings forced China to resolve the standoff peacefully.


revisionism, China, India, Bhutan, Doklam, impasse, BRI, cessation

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Author Biography

Suneel Kumar

Dr. Suneel Kumar teaches International Relations, International
Organisations and International Security Concerns in the Department of
Strategic and Regional Studies, the University of Jammu, Jammu, India. He
obtained his Ph.D. degree from Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar (India)
in 2007 and also served as Assistant Professor in the School of Social
Sciences, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar; the School of Global
Relations, Central University of Punjab, Bathinda and the Post-Graduate
Department of Political Science, Lyallpur Khalsa College, Jalandhar. He has
published various research articles in internationally reputed peer-reviewed
journals, including International Migration, Millennial Asia, South Asian
Survey, India Quarterly, the Journal of Siberian Federal University, Pakistan Horizon, the Journal of Punjab Studies, the Jadavpur Journal of International
Relations, the Journal of Central Asian Studies and the Punjab Journal of