Professor Emeritus John Garver in the Ivan Allen College Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech was interviewed about the Doklam standoff for Outlook India.
I believe China’s strategy is to win without fighting. To build gradually a position of overwhelming strength, compelling India to recognize the untenability of trying to contain China. For example, by building roads to the Siliguri Corridor, undoing India’s special relations with Bhutan, extending rail to Kathmandu, anti-access submarines to Pakistan etc. I seriously doubt the United States, let alone Japan, actually entering a China-India conflict. They will maintain a pro-India neutrality only. This is the point underlined in commentaries in the Chinese media as well. The bottomline of the Chinese view is clear: India is unable to contain China in South Asia and India ultimately recognizes and accepts this reality.
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