China’s Revisionism and Cessation of the Doklam Impasse

Keywords: revisionism, China, India, Bhutan, Doklam, impasse, BRI, cessation


In the light of the Chinese and Indian perspectives on the cessation of the Doklam impasse, the present article analyses China’s role and status in international politics. The Chinese perspective described China as a status quo power and never accepted Doklam as a disputed territory. While accusing India of aggression on Chinese territory, it portrayed China as a “responsible power” that ensured the cessation of the Doklam impasse with India through multiple diplomatic and military measures. Opposite to this, the Indian perspective viewed China as a revisionist power and termed the PLA’s activities in Doklam as a source of consternation for its national security. From the Indian perspective, China’s declining growth rate, increasing internal conflicts, the potential threat to its peaceful image, its apprehension regarding the BRI’s derailment, the Korean crisis, the strategically advantageous position of the Indian military in Doklam and New Delhi’s strategic relevance for Beijing in promoting its new economic and political groupings forced China to resolve the standoff peacefully.

Author Biography

Suneel Kumar, University of Jammu, Jammu, India,


Dr. Suneel Kumar teaches International Relations, International Organisations and International Security Concerns in the Department of Strategic and Regional Studies, the University of Jammu, Jammu, India. He obtained his Ph.D. degree from Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar (India) in 2007 and also served as Assistant Professor in the School of Social Sciences, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar; the School of Global Relations, Central University of Punjab, Bathinda and the Post-Graduate Department of Political Science, Lyallpur Khalsa College, Jalandhar. He has published various research articles in internationally reputed peer-reviewed journals, including International Migration, Millennial Asia, South Asian Survey, India Quarterly, the Journal of Siberian Federal University, Pakistan Horizon, the Journal of Punjab Studies, the Jadavpur Journal of International Relations, the Journal of Central Asian Studies and the Punjab Journal of Politics.

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