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Modi’s diplomacy with China and Pakistan fails to deliver desired results

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tried very hard to convince the opposition about Modi’s successful foreign policy initiatives which she stated have resulted in isolating China and Pakistan with regard to India-China border standoff and virtual breakdown of talks with Pakistan on the issue of Kashmir crisis and terrorism emanating from Islamabad.But the facts are other way round as China has been issuing warnings and strong statements against India on a daily basis and there could be every possibility of a war breaking out between India and China’s People’s Liberation Army (the largest standing Army in the world).

Thus there appears no sign of any sort of diplomacy being employed by Modi government to diffuse the tension. Prime minister was well aware of the transgressions by China  in the past that led to 1962 war when former  Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru rightly faced them. Even then Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted him in Ahmedabad terming him as a friend of India and continues to give a long rope to Beijing.

“We have a strong Army but war is not a solution. The diplomatic channels are at work with China,” Swaraj said.”War is never the solution to a dispute. Wisdom is to resolve issues diplomatically. We’re not only negotiating over Doklam, but discussing bilateral relations with China as well. This is the only solution,” she said in the Lok Sabha.

As Sushma claimed that unlike previous governments , Modi consults her as foreign minister and takes her into confidence while preparing foreign policy but India has been embarrassed by the increasingly growing  ties of neighouring countries like Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran with China.

 

  India has rather become a junior ally of United States and always plays to its tunes. Modi government should show some transparency by giving minute details of diplomacy  being undertaken and the results attained with regard to China on Doklam standoff.

For the first time in the history of India every cabinet minister gives credit to Modi for one reason or the other and there appears to be a race within the BJP for praising him.

After Sushma’s statement in Parliament , China’s foreign ministry soon issued their statement accusing “Indian troops of trespassing into Chinese territory”. Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said over one month has passed since the outbreak of the incident. The Indian border troops still illegally stay in the Chinese territory. Moreover, the Indian side is building roads, hoarding supplies and deploying a large number of armed forces on the Indian side of the boundary.

 

It is high time that PM Modi and his ministers realize that both opposition in Parliament and the people in the country at large do not want mere statements but a result-oriented reply and will hold the authorities responsible in case of failure on their part.

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By : Arti Bali

Senior Journalist

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