Doklam Standoff and Role of Nepal


Doklam has become hot cake at present in international political arena. The area is disputed between China and Bhutan. Bhutan objected road construction in the Doklam Plateau near Doka La pass by China. The clash may be heard less if India did not directly involve into the matter.

The dispute became apparent to the world when two economically leading super powers China and India deploy their military power in the border of Bhutan and China, Doklam.  And question is, should India involve in this incident citing the bilateral agreements?  What about India and Pakistan crisis in Kashmir? What if China does the same and deploys its military in Nepal’s and Kashmir’s boarder in the name of bilateral agreement? In such situation, war is likely to break and Nepal cannot remain untouched by the flames. The loss in Nepal and Bhutan’s side is unpredictable. No one knows. We can only say if war did not break out.

There is a chance of the loss of territory, and great loss of economic infrastructure, causing fatality of many people.

Though Nepal has expressed its stand to remain neutral about crisis, Nepal being a faithful allay to these nations, can play the significant role to find the mutually acceptable solutions between two South Asian powers through diplomatic channels. China is strong observant of SAARC and it is evaluating its activities minutely. Nepal is the chairman of SAARC and BIMSTEC at present. It can use its authority to negotiate and bring win win situation to both of the parties concerned to keep peace among the South Asian region. And this effort seems more than neutrality.

There are always worries relating India’s domination to its territorial nations as big brother. This might be the right time to show the strength of small brother through peaceful talks to lessen the confrontation. Along with this, Nepal should initiate the meaningful discussions among the think tanks about the Indo-Nepal boarder controversy as well. Lipu Lake, Kalapani, and Dasgaja areas of Nepal are believed to be encroached. Nepal should start lobbying to other nations about India’s and China’s plunk that is against Buddha’s and Gandhi’s non violence principle.

Balancing the relation between two nations, Nepal can play the role of catalyst to end nearly three months mutiny between China and India. Such initiation from Nepal’s side may help relieve tension between the face off nations. Bhutan itself should not remain tongue-bitten in this matter. One’s boarder issue should not become the night’s worry of the other.  If the war breaks out it is pretty sure India and China won’t only be affected rather it imbalances the peace, security, and cooperation of entire South Asian nations.


Bhoj Kumar Dhamala