The timing Russia-India-China Summit next week could not be more appropriate after a deadly battle in the disputed Himalayas, which led to dozens of military casualties.
Summit Planned On June 22, the RIC group (Russia-India-China) was initiated by Moscow a few weeks ago. It will be held by teleconference between the foreign ministers. The event was preceded by an outbreak of dangerous tension between New Delhi and Beijing.
At least 20 Indian soldiers were killed earlier this week in hand-to-hand combat with Chinese troops. It was the deadliest incident in more than half a century since the two Asian powers waged a short war in 1962 over a similar border dispute. Dozens of victims are also reported on the Chinese side, but Beijing has not officially confirmed the numbers.
New Delhi and Beijing immediately expressed readiness at the highest level to reduce stress. There is mutual recognition that further clashes can catastrophically get out of control between nuclear-weapon states.
However, grunts will not be easy to contain. Both sides accuse each other of aggression after the bloody incident on the night of Monday to Tuesday. In both countries, popular anger is caused by Indian protesters burning images of Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Reports to tell hundreds of soldiers engaged in direct combat using stones, clubs and knives after the opposing units entered into a fight in the high-mountain valley of Galvan. Many soldiers were thrown to death from insidious slopes.
Indian and Chinese forces patrol the controversial 3,500-kilometer line of actual control between the two countries with competing territorial claims. A bilateral agreement provides that competing units do not have weapons to reduce the risk of conflict.
In recent years, the confrontation has intensified, and both sides accuse the other of assault. After a border clash in May, Indian and Chinese army commanders agreed to conclude a de-escalation agreement earlier this month. Now both sides accuse each other of dishonesty.
The RIC Summit could provide New Delhi and Beijing with a path to exit escalation. One of the most important factors is the respectful attitude of Russia towards both powers. Russian President Vladimir Putin has warm relations with Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping. Moscow can be trusted as an honest broker to facilitate a dialogue on resolving the long-standing territorial dispute between India and China, which goes back to the legacy of the British Empire and the contested borders that it bequeathed.
US President Donald Trump is already offered mediation between India and China. But this proposal, made in May, was Rejected at the time in New Delhi. Washington was not considered to be a trustworthy intermediary, given its established relationship with India on military-strategic objectives against China. Indian Prime Minister Modi may have believed that patronage of Washington would undermine his credibility as a strong leader in relations with China on an individual basis.
In any case, any claims of Trump, acting as an intermediary, were destroyed, as his administration intensified the defeat of China due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Trump and his associates made incendiary statements, accusing China of causing a global spread of the disease and, in particular, huge economic damage and more than 112,000 deaths in the United States. Beijing rejects Washington’s claims as a cynical concealment of its inherent failure by the United States. Trump Administration.
The tensions during the Cold War between Washington and Beijing also led to the growing deployment of US forces in the Asia-Pacific region to counter what the Trump administration and the Pentagon provocatively call “Chinese aggression.”
Any US involvement in the current tensions between India and China can only exacerbate an already dangerous situation. Indeed, the Trump White House and anti-Chinese hawks in Congress will try to exploit tensions to destabilize Beijing.
India must be careful that Washington does not use it as a representative of its geopolitical confrontation with China.
IN editorial This week, the Chinese newspaper Global Times accused India of misleading it as a “lever” to achieve its strategic goals.
If New Delhi and Beijing are truly interested in finding a negotiated solution to their long decade of territorial dispute, they will have to work together to find a mutual compromise in determining a sovereign border that will eventually displace the scattered line of actual control. LAC inconsistency is an ever-existing source of controversy and, ultimately, a rush of war.
Russia is the only power that has a bona fide reputation and an honest mediator in resolving the conflict between India and China.
New Delhi will have to decide whether it wants to fully participate in the Eurasian multipolar vision of development, supported in particular by China and Russia, or will it allow Washington to intervene in its selfish imperialist program to the detriment of the entire region?