Doklam: It is the Communists who are controlling the conflict
Is the Doklam issue an internal problem for the Chinese? It is becoming increasingly difficult for the Chinese leadership to explain to the Communist Party members why India is not backing off from Doklam.
China has been repeatedly stating that India should back off from the tri-junction.
However India has stood its ground and said that the question of a withdrawal does not arise. Moreover pulling out would also mean letting Bhutan the country with which India signed a Friendship Treaty in 2007.
The Chinese have tried and put pressure through various quarters to ensure that India pulls out. The state media had written dozens of articles warning India of war and also sending out a reminder about 1962.
In reality it is the Chinese who are under tremendous pressure from some members of the Communist Party who have been explanations on India's stand. It would have been a non-issue for them had it not been for these questions, a senior official explained.
On August 1, China celebrates the 90th anniversary of the Peoples' Liberation Army.
There is not expected to any announcement on Doklam prior to that as China would not want to look weak. Until then China would continue to insist that India pulls out of Doklam.
Within the Communist Party there are problems that are being caused for the Chinese leadership. The party congress is set to have an internal election in which leaders to top posts would be elected. It is these leaders who are putting pressure on China to continue bullying India on the Doklam strife. Several questions are being asked of the leadership.
China had imposed an air flight zone over islands disputed with China. It also created artificial islands in the South China sea despite facing stiff resistance from the US.
Some leaders in the Communist Party in a bid to put pressure on the leadership are asking why they cannot have their way in Doklam when they were able to get away in the South China sea.
Indian officials say that not much is expected to change until these internal strifes are sorted out in China. India would continue to hold its guard at the tri-junction. The only option for a troop pull out would be if the replacement would be the Bhutanese forces.
However India also maintains that the tensions will not escalate beyond this point.