How Indian Army provided the edge to prevail of China at Doklam
When India negotiated with China on the Doklam standoff, it began on a position of strength. China went on a rhetoric, but India asserted during the back channel talks that it would talk peace, but not at the risk of compromising.
While the National Security Advisor Ajit Doval opened up the first round of talks with China, a major role was played by the Indian Army which gave India an upper hand to assert its stance.
All through China looked as though it would would try and escalate the issue at the border. India had to be sure that it could wade away that threat and at the same time continue talking with China. More importantly since India was on the right side, it needed to speak from a position of strength.
Sources say that it was General Bipin Rawat who gave the government the assurance that there was no cause for concern at Doklam. The entire flashpoint area had been systematically surrounded by the Indian Armed forces. It may be recalled that an officer who has served in various capabilities at Doklam had told OneIndia that China stand no chance in hell in this area.
The Army had also told the government that if China escalates the issue in Doklam, India is capable of causing a great deal of damage. With this assurance behind the government, it was able to not just assert itself with China, but also speak from a position of strength.