Whatever will happen in future in Ladakh, India has already lost the battle. Even if the Chinese agree to withdraw, they will still claim that particular area near the Karakoram pass as theirs and this, forever.
Though the Chinese incursions or transgressions, as it is poetically termed by the MEA, occur regularly, this time it was much deeper than usual and while during ‘routine visits’, Chinese troops come and go (after leaving some ‘souvenirs’ of their visit, such as rock paintings in red colour), this time, they came with their tents and provisions. It is a big difference.
Postponing Premier Li Keqiang's visit to India next month could have been an option for India to show its displeasure. Unfortunately, the present leaders do not have the political will.
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