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Dragon's shadow: India-China face-off in Sikkim might turn into a restricted war
India and China share nearly 200 km of border in Sikkim, which has been peaceful for a longtime. Out of the 3800-km-long boundary with China, Sikkim is the only place where Indian troops have tactical advantage over Chinese troops.

However, China wants to reverse this situation by simply constructing a road in the contested region which primarily falls in Bhutan. It is clear to fathom that China's anxiety over the growing relationship between India and the US has led to this unexpected and untimely decision of theirs of constructing a road in the region.

It is also an open secret that India is only perceived to match up with Chinese hegemony. Its blatant attitude to outrightly reject international decisions and impose its own interpretations of historical boundary settlements for its benefits are known to every one, particularly the Asian countries. India never wanted to upset the Chinese and thus, Modi made an effort to iron out the differences through trade and business tie-ups.

Some of the experts doubt China waging a full-fledged war with India owing to billions of dollars worth trade with India. But this line of thought is not plausible. Recent events which have unfolded directly undermine China's influence in South Asia. India brazenly rolled out a red carpet for Dalai Lama, the leader of a region which China claims as its territory.

China's objection to the Dhola-Sadiya Bridge recently inaugurated by PM Modi, which will provide a seamless connectivity to India's Northeastern states is another irritant for China. Expanding infrastructure and increasing connectivity between its mainland and the far flung Northeastern states is an inescapable need for India's growth which, however, jitters Chinese military thinkers. Their reading is parochial and restricted to the old schools of thought. Thus, China is making long statements and perhaps waging a restricted war to establish its ascendancy in Asia. Will China wage a war or not is the real question which is troubling strategic thinkers.

I have a strong reason to believe that China may take this step, as it wants to become the numero uno economy in the world. This can only be possible by extracting maximum benefits from Asian and Central Asian countries and proving its military dominance as well.

China has already signed many economic deals with almost all Central Asian countries. Belt and Road project is a major step to bolster connectivity and trade for Chinese ambition. The only problem China faces is with India. India has always been checking growing Chinese influence. India's stand on the B&R initiative despite being extended invitation has not changed. This is the most ambitious project for them and India's opposition is not perceived well by China.

The growing stature of Narendra Modi and his relentless urge to build dependable relations with all the countries of the world has further added to China's woes. China is perceiving India as a threat to its authority and thus, feeling anxious.

Intoxicated with extreme nationalism and economic superiority, China may wage a restricted war against India to establish its standing in the Asian region which is being viewed as a beacon of growth in the years to come. Now, India should be very cautious and not be caught off guard at any point of time because the Chinese have been notorious in the past. Being preempt, India should take extra effort to reinforce its border and be prepared for any sudden attack from China.

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