On the heels of China’s 19th Communist Party’s Congress, where Xi Jinping is expected to be confirmed for a second five-year term as General Secretary; scheduled to be held later this year, it is unlikely that Beijing will retreat. India too, for the first time has been playing hard ball and has used her historical and economic might to encounter China tooth for jowl. In fact, the Prime Minister’s Office has initiated its first ever in-depth assessment of Chinese investments in India’s neighbouring countries to assess China’s influence in the region.
While, people and companies that have invested in both countries remain cautious, the stand off at Dokalam will change India-China relations for years to come. This might just be the turning point where economic and diplomatic boundaries are laid for the next few years; determining where foreign, economic, education and other policies towards each other lie.